Welcome to the spring of 2013! We have something for everyone.
If you want cold, this is the second coldest start to spring since we began keeping national records in the 1890s. Heat? California is sizzling and the high temperatures in the Southwest will be breaking records. If you prefer wet, look to the soggy Midwest. Dry? Officially, 47% of the continental US is in drought conditions and another 13% is dangerously dry. Floods? No one wants floods, but we have record-breaking river levels in the Midwest and weathermen are concerned there will be more when the snow melts.
Normally, I would blather on about the weather, but this month’s weather has been enough to leave me speechless. We are suffering weather whiplash, record-breaking extremes. A picture is worth a thousand words, so look at the roller coaster of weather we have had.
Better yet, readers—please let us know what has been happening for you.
Even as the US has endured some record-breaking rains and floods . . .
Most of the nation is dry or still suffering from drought.
We have had the second coldest spring in history, with the chilly weather focused on the nation’s interior.
But the heat is coming!
Be careful out there!
Picture − NOAA, courtesy of D. Snyder
Evelyn Browning Garriss, historical climatologist, is a longtime writer for The Old Farmer's Almanac. She is also editor of The Browning World Climate Bulletin and has advised farmers, businesses, and investors worldwide on upcoming climate events and their economic and social impact for the past 21 years.