Welcome to Spring! Sort of…

8:30am Friday…

I got up early today since I had last night off.  Woke up to maybe 1/2″ fresh snow on the ground but glorious sunshine plus some blue sky.  It’s beautiful, but after having the ground mainly white for 3+ weeks, I’m ready to move on; it’s March 1st.


That means we have crossed into spring.  That’s meteorological spring, which north of the equator is March-April-May.  The sun is already as strong as it was in early October when the average high temp is in the upper 60s.  It always drives me nuts when I hear someone say the “official” start to spring, or any other season.  It’s okay to say “traditional” start to spring (around March 21st) since our calendars say that and it sure is tradition.  But as far as I’m aware, the only spring the U.S. government officially recognizes comes from NOAA and that’s March through May.  That’s my Friday morning rant.

The next few days will NOT feel like spring (except for the strong sun hitting your face!).  A modified arctic airmass will be descending on the Pacific Northwest later Saturday through early next week, challenging some cold weather records.  I’ll take a closer look at that on a posting when I get to work this afternoon.

Plan on lots of sunshine, but a cold east wind much of the time this first week of March.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

14 Responses to Welcome to Spring! Sort of…

  1. Jason Hougak says:

    BBQ on the back patio and temp is dropping fast with a stiff northerly breeze. Still have snow but temps in the 40s today started the melt.
    Hopefully we can break some March low temperature since we didn’t in February.

  2. Chris says:

    It’s hard to contradict Mr Nelson! “Government” Spring might start March 1st, but I’ve always been told “actual” Spring starts with the Vernal Equinox, on or about March 21. That’s more than just a tradition!
    Either way, I’m ready for the new season to begin!

  3. John inner NE Portland 250' says:

    Donaleen will shake her fist (we’re neighbors) but I wouldn’t mind seeing more snow. Actually for us in inner E Portland, it would be “some snow”. We haven’t had but a dusting while everyone else has enjoyed bountiful snowfalls.

  4. Jake in Gresham says:

    Mr. Nelson, don’t jinx us now for next Winter now! 😛

    • Pgiorgio says:

      Its Nelsen. How long have you been on this blog? Lol

      • Jake in Gresham says:

        Do not make me activate my heavy humor. Nobody wants to see that if you think that badly of my dry humor. -_- <= (*activated*)

  5. PAUL D says:

    Are we going to hit 50 today in Hillsboro?!? It’s already 47 and very sunny!

  6. Roland Derksen says:

    My lowest morning temperature here (25F) for the first of March since 1971. However, I don’t count out warm weather coming sometime in the next couple of weeks. Last March I got 69F on the 14th.

  7. ocpaul says:

    “modified arctic?” Bring on some “full on arctic”. I still hope for a bite
    (full plate) of snow.

  8. Andrew says:

    And we were talking forks in January!

    Watch it be 65 in December now.

  9. Donaleen Kohn says:

    Show us your power. Make it spring. I think it should start Feb 15th here. Get going.

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