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