March 20, 2006
The vernal equinox, otherwise known as spring, happened today at 1:26 p.m., but it sure didn't feel like spring today and with tomorrow's impending storm, it looks like winter is trying to go out with a bang.
Just exactly how did the 2005-2006 winter season compare to past winters and what does spring have in store for us?
It was an interesting winter. Some days the high temperatures reached the 80s and other nights the lows dropped down into the single digits. But when taking the average of the entire season, just how well did this winter fair?
"This winter has come in a bit above normal. A little over a degree above normal for Charlottesville," explained Assistant State Climatologist Jerry Stenger.
We did see some snow this winter, in fact, we had one significant storm in February and a few storms in December, but overall it felt like snow this winter was lacking. How much snow did Charlottesville record?
Stenger is happy with our snowfall amount this year. "So far this year, we've had not far from normal snowfall for the entire snowfall season. 16.3 inches were recorded for McCormick observatory. Normal for the year is just shy of 18 inches," he explained.
Now that winter has finally wrapped up, what does spring have in store for us?
Now it is possible to see snow flakes fall during the months of March and April, but of course that can vary from year to year and if spring is anything like winter, we won't see those flakes for too much longer.
"If conditions continue on for the next couple of months the way they have started out in March, we're going to see warmer than normal and dryer than normal, which is really not what we are looking for right now. But that's certainly not hewn in stone and we could certainly see things turn around, and that's pretty much what we're hoping for," said Stenger.
We"ll just have to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for the spring.