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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published February 19 2013

Weather Talk: Weather patterns point to cold and wet spring

Despite abundant sunshine, yesterday’s weather was disappointingly cold for Feb. 19.

The additional two hours of daylight added since the winter solstice obviously had little effect on yesterday’s subzero temperatures and

30-below wind chills. But the days are significantly longer now, and the sun is much higher in the sky. Both of these are scientific harbingers of spring.

That being noted, the weather patterns across North America and the Pacific Ocean all suggest this newfound active weather is likely to continue.

Throughout the mild winter of 2011-12, last summer’s drought, and one of the driest autumns on record, storms and other weather extremes had become infrequent and weak. Now our weather seems to have flipped. So lace up your snow boots – my money’s on a cold and wet spring this year.

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