Backyard Almanac: A February Recap and A Welcome to March
Welcome to March!
First, a February recap. The temperatures fluctuated throughout the month, but the temps ultimately averaged out to around 15 degrees, which is on par for Februarys of the past. Precipitation was way above normal. "Four straight months now," says Larry Weber, "have all been above normal in precipitation." Weber notes this as a good sign of a healthy spring to come.
March started like a lion. The snowfall on March 1st brought the season's snowfall total to nearly 100 inches. This could be a record year for snowfall in the Northland. Temperature-wise March is a bit of a wildcard. Sub-zero temps could be in store as could be temps in the 70s. "When I was teaching, we used to have a contest with my students; when was the first day that would reach 50 degrees," says Weber, who also notes that March 10th was a typical answer. This year, Weber is not so sure that it'll be quite that early.
And March will bring in a seasonal change. Spring is just a few weeks away - at least according to the calendar. Keep your eyes open for more animal movements and your ears open for birds a-plenty. "We're moving toward spring," says Weber. "Keep looking."