March 1 marks the start of Meteorological Spring, but this doesn't mean that there won't be more wintery snow and cold. In Chicago we are currently enjoying pleasant weather, but in the Northeast, a major storm is raging. In the UK, they are also dealing with snowstorms. Even Rome is a winter wonderland.
There is an old saying--March is many weathers. Here are some of the totals from the storm in the East--
Major storm continues to impact the Northeast.
Peak Winds (mph):
Washington DC: 71
JFK Airport: 67
Richmondville, NY: 37.5
High Point, NJ: 13.5
Plainfield, MA: 12
— NWS Chicago (@NWSChicago) March 3, 2018
March weather can be wild with wind and snow, and mild with blue sky and warm breezes. There are hurricane force winds and blizzard conditions of a Nor'easter, and the first of the snowdrops coming up from the thawing ground.
In a changing climate, these extremes are even more pronounced. February temperatures have been above average worldwide. Temperatures near the North Pole are above freezing, higher than in the UK.
Yet, we know that spring is coming. There is more daylight every day. Robins have arrived. There are flocks of geese heading north.
The full moon on March 1-2 is known as the worm moon, the rising sap moon, the spring moon. The vernal equinox, and the beginning of astronomical spring, will arrive on March 20.