Spring 2013: Weather Chaos

January 29, 2016
Floods near Frankfort
NOAA, courtesy of D. Snyder

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

About This Blog

Are you a weather watcher? Welcome to “Weather Whispers” by James Garriss and until recently, Evelyn Browning Garriss. With expertise and humor, this column covers everything weather—from weather forecasts to WHY extreme weather happens to ways that weather affects your life from farming to your grocery bill. Enjoy weather facts, folklore, and fun!

With heavy hearts, we share the news that historical climatologist and immensely entertaining Almanac contributor Evelyn Browning Garriss passed away in late June 2017. Evelyn shared her lifetime of weather knowledge with Almanac editors and readers, explaining weather phenomena in conversation and expounding on topics in articles for the print edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac as well as in these articles. We were honored to know and work with her as her time allowed, which is to say when she was not giving lectures to, writing articles for, and consulting with scientists, academia, investors, and government agencies around the world. She will be greatly missed by the Almanac staff and readers.