Springtime is rapidly approaching for those of us down here in the southeast.
Last Tuesday we were hit with a hefty winter storm that dropped nearly three inches of snow on the ground and sent the school kids home early. We were not that cold and most of the snow was gone by mid-afternoon of the following day, but as always, it was still entertaining.
And now here we are not even a week later, and it's sunny and 70 degrees outside.
For those of us in the Atlanta area and other parts of the south and southeast, the month of March is the wildest time of the year when it comes to changes in the weather. We've seen everything from the worst of snowstorms to the deadliest of tornadoes.
In fact, we're still a few days away from the anniversary of 1993's "Storm of the Century" that covered nearly half of the continental US in snow and ice. Let's also not forget that last year in early April, we received snow flurries while the streets, grass, plants, cars and anything else stuck outside was pollen in a thick layer of pollen! Nor should we forget the tornado that stuck downtown Atlanta on March 14, 2008 during the SEC men's basketball tournament. The weather in March can bring anything!
For me, the most interesting part of the month involves severe weather. The general warming and sunny days combined with powerful cold fronts can create some really wicked weather events. Reality TV has got nothing on severe weather rolling through the area, nor can anything match the sheer terror of an approaching tornado at night.
Looking ahead at our weather forecast, we may be experiencing some thunderstorms sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Right now it does not look like anything here will be severe, but it's just a matter of time before supercells come rolling through our area once again.
We'll take a look at this past Winter's weather in a couple of weeks after the vernal equinox and first day of Spring.
In the meantime, it's time to open the windows and let in some fresh air!
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