With March Coming, Is the Snow Over?

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By Erica Campbell on February 27, 2013, 2:20pm Last modified: February 28, 2013, 1:39pm

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          With all the recent snow and extreme weather across the nation, many of us are asking, “Are we done with the snow?”  As a teacher, my colleagues and I are asking, “Will there be any more snow days to make up?”  Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to that question.  March doesn’t gain its reputation of “in like a lion and out like a lamb” because its weather is predictable.

          March is a transitional month weather-wise.  We are slowing moving from the grips of winter, to the warming of spring.  The Earth is slowly tilting back toward the sun and the days are getting longer.  However, with all this transition, brings unpredictable weather.  As of right now, the weather around the country is still caught in winter’s grasp and it isn’t showing any signs of letting go.

          For those that are hoping the snow is done, I am sorry to say that some of the greatest blizzards of all time have happened in March.  The Great Blizzard of 1888 is one of those storms.  The Storm of the Century in 1993 was another...  All across the country, snow continues to fall and has fallen all throughout history in the month of March.  If our current pattern of active weather continues, we might still see snow across our area in the next few weeks. 

          March also is notorious for bringing severe thunderstorms and tornadoes across parts of the South and Midwest.  It is actually the beginning of their “tornado season.”  Although the peak season for tornadoes is April – June, March does signify the beginning.  Cold air is still in place over the upper Midwest, while warm, moist air starts to return from the Gulf of Mexico.  The two mixing is a volatile combination.  Some weather predictions are saying this will be a very active season and already there have been tornadoes reported.    

          In any case, for everyone ready to hide their winter jackets and boots and shovels, don’t be so quick to put them away.  Winter is not totally ready to give up its grip on our state or across the country.  March has always been a month of extreme weather, where snow is never too far around the corner. 

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