As we march into spring trying to shake off a long cold winter… the show must go on.
“Summer will be hotter than normal, with near-normal rainfall. The hottest periods will be in early June, mid to late July, and mid to late August,” so says the Farmer’s Almanac.
It appears from the prediction of record snow this past winter coupled with colder temperatures, that the Almanac hit a bull’s-eye for our area. The only part of their prediction not batting 1000, was heavy snow mid-December. We had very little snow in December. We did have a winter worse than in 2014 though.
El Niño has arrived but so far the predictions to affect our weather will be a weak El Niño. It was announced by scientists from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center on March 5 this year. Predictions estimate it will only have a 50-60% chance of lasting through summer. That means the needed rains may not be as heavy or even present. El Niño brings the rains.
After going from the freezer to an anticipated furnace if the Almanac holds true, many might sell their souls for a hint of spring here. The good side of that is that the budding of the trees will be slower, the tulips will last and mosquitoes will be slow to arrive. A fading el Niño pattern likely will quiet temperatures and be on the colder side. Then the Almanac would be wrong for our area.
“The Earth just had its warmest winter on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Wednesday. One of the planet’s only land areas that had a cooler-than-average winter was eastern North America, which includes the eastern United States and eastern Canada.” (source USA TODAY – March 18, 2015)
It is rather strange to think our area was so unlike the rest of the world.
So summer weather is up in the air, literally. The jet stream air.
All the spring blooms in this post will arrive, it just is a matter of when the cold temperatures give way to warm.
Buds are tight and it may be a while until we see them break.
But break they will… and consistent 60° F weather is predicted for the last week of April, all better from there…but…
We had a cold 32° F, snow flurry Easter. I hope your Easter was warm, sunny and bright.