The first day of Meteorological Spring is March 1st, but the temperatures may not be completely aware. It is not expected to be downright frigid, but rather enough of the cold to cause issues to flowering trees and plants. The threat of freezing temperatures will be present for the first half of March, and possibly beyond. Below is the temperature outlook for the core of March from the Climate Prediction Center:
It is still far too early to plant, and the recent warmth should not have tricked anyone to think it will be an early growing season. This will be just enough cold to be “annoying” since some say why get cold now when it was warm in January and February.
We tend to agree, however if summer could not get started until June instead of February, that would also be great. But the dry and warm ground does not favor a late start to summer this year. There is too much warm feedback from the lack of snow on the ground and windy/dry conditions.
So at this point, we will take any kind of winter-ish weather we can get.
Official key messages from NOAA for March: