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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published June 02 2013

Weather Talk: Springs of 2012 and 2013 show how climate varies

June 1 marked the first day of meteorological summer.

The just-completed spring season was a testament to how our climate varies from year to year. The spring of 2012 was the warmest on record, with an average temperature of 50.2 degrees, which was nearly 1 degree warmer than the record set in 1977.

Preliminary numbers for the spring of 2013 suggest an average temperature of 36.3 degrees, which would rank the season as the 10th-coldest on record. That was just barely warmer than spring 1996, which had an average temperature of 36.2 degrees.

Because the recent heavy rain event hit the north metro and the official sensor at the airport especially hard, the period from March 1 to May 31 will end up ranking as the second-wettest spring since records started in 1881.

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