March enters like a lamb as ‘meteorological spring’ begins

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February is behind us, as is “meteorological winter.”

We may still be a few weeks away from the official start of spring, but meteorologically, the winter season has come to an end.

Confused?

Well, the term “meteorological winter” refers to the three-month period that is typically the coldest (Dec., Jan. and Feb.). On the flip-side, the term “meteorological summer” refers to the three month period that is typically the warmest (June, July and Aug.) The other two three-month periods are the transitional seasons … March, April and May are known as meteorological spring and Sept., Oct. and Nov. are known as meteorological fall.

Our meteorological winter, statistically was interesting in the way that we really didn’t have one.

In Roanoke, each month of meteorological winter saw temperatures, on average, about 4 degrees above normal. Of the 91 days of meteorological winter, 54 of those days saw high temperatures above normal.

We saw a total of 52 days where our high temperature was at least 50 degrees. Of those 52 days, 20 days saw temperatures of at least 60 degrees, yet of the 91 days of meteorological winter, we only saw 34 days of temperatures below normal. In fact, to show just how warm meteorological winter was, we only saw nine days where our high temperature was at or below 40 degrees.

I’ll crunch the numbers a bit more tonight on WFXR News First at Ten.

Now, what about our weather the next several days?

Well, we will re-introduce the chance for showers starting on Monday with off-and-on showers likely through Thursday. We’ll only start to dry out as we head into next weekend.

Rain doesn’t look like it will be overly heavy…more of a nuisance-type as a cold front becomes stationary south of our area.

Temperatures will be above normal this week with highs generally in the 50s and 60s.

It’s also the last week of standard time as we’ll “spring forward” next Sunday morning bringing back Daylight Saving Time!

I’ll have a complete look at your forecast tonight on WFXR News First at Ten!

Gary Boyer
Meteorologist

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