Meteorological winter ends/spring begins

Winter Extremes

Meteorological winter (DEC - FEB) is in the books and it ended up slightly warmer than normal. That's a bit deceiving though since January and February were extreme.

The first week of January was frigid with the average high temperature around 33° and the average low temperature at 14°. By the third week of February, it felt more like May with high temperatures near 80° and overnight lows only around 60°.

While the winter was drier than normal, everyone saw some snow. Total snow ranges from a trace to as much as 7".

Meteorological spring begins March 1st, but the calendar says spring doesn't arrive until March 20th. That date is based on Earth's revolution around the sun.

Astronomically, the seasons change at the equinoxes and the solstices. However, the meteorological seasons are grouped by months.

Meteorologically, winter is defined as the three coldest months of the year (DEC - FEB), summer the three hottest months (JUN - AUG), spring (MAR - MAY) and fall (SEP - NOV) the transition months.

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