True Spring Weekend Ahead, Like It or Not!

The second full weekend of spring is here and to hear TC tell, it won't be anything to write home about weatherwise.

Spring Rain Pattern Dampens Plans

It’s spring in the heart of Appalachia. A time for the sprouting of freshly planted grass, the turning on of outdoor fountains and the chirping of birds in the meadow.

Most people will admit to their first love as being fostered in spring (Evy where have you gone?) and the fond memory of an Easter egg hunt as a child.

For me, in my youthful days, spring meant that first trip to Pennypack Creek with a slimy handful of night crawlers to fish for carp and catfish. I had a sweet spot that nobody else knew about where the big ones used to hang out.

Nowadays, spring to me means the flowering of the Bradford Pear and Crab Apples and the sweet fragrance of honeysuckle. Yes, I have turned more cerebral in my old age.

Turns out among the most popular question I get at this time of year is “when will we get true spring weather”.

The question of course is rather mis-stated. What people mean is, “when will it get warm and sunny and stay that way”?

And that is the paradox. You see, spring is a time of frequent weather changes with spells of wet and cool weather followed by warm and sunshiny days. From Dogwood and Blackberry winter (damp and chilly weather when those plants/trees are in bloom) to May days that are windy and balmy, spring is a time of perpetual change in our climate.

In effect, the weather we have gone thru this week (from early week freezes to mid and late week rains), is rather standard for spring time in Appalachia.

And those trends will steamroll thru the weekend with rounds or bouts of showers and even a gusty thunderstorm. In between showers, we will see some drying and even warm sun on Saturday afternoon. Look for temperatures to head for 70 by late day.

If we are to get a strong storm with gusty winds, Saturday night is the target time. In fact by Sunday, cold blusters will be returning so showers will have a definite chilly feel. Dare I predict a coating of wet snow in the mountains on Sunday evening?

So you see, true spring weather is indeed already here. We sometimes just won’t own up to it!
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