It’s Time To Spring Ahead!
It’s March, that time of year that many folks long for, the signs of the seasons changing and warmer weather moves in. The average daytime highs rise quite a bit over the course of the month, the snow packs start to melt, the birds come out, we “spring ahead” as Daylight Saving Time starts and eventually, the Vernal Equinox occurs, signalling the beginning of Astronomical Spring.
Tomorrow marks the day when Daylight Saving Time begins, we gain an hour of daylight and lose an hour of sleep. It occurs at 2am local time across the country (with a few exceptions, such as portions of Arizona and the state of Hawaii), and folks will have to change their clocks, watches, and devices before they go to bed tonight so they wake up to the proper time.
These next several images touch base on the history of Daylight Saving Time.
There are numerous reasons as to why DST is a good thing. One of them being the simple fact that it stays lighter out later on in the day, so folks can feel more inclined to do activities after work outside (provided its not also bitterly cold or stormy) such as work out, meet up friends for dinner/drinks, run errands.
Take a look at the sunrises for today and tomorrow. Get used to waking up and getting ready for the day (if you are an early riser) to more darkness, with the sun to arrive later on.
The afternoon hours will certainly be nicer (and a good spirit booster), when the sun is around after work. Come around the Summer time, its wonderful to have the sun around so late so you can enjoy the afternoon AND evening.
Now with that extra hour or so of sunshine in the afternoon hours on Sunday, I’m sure you would like to enjoy it outside, especially if there is nice weather. So lets check out the temperatures for this weekend and see how they compare to their seasonable averages.
For today, the west coast, mid-Atlantic and portions of the Mid-west are seeing temps trending milder today, while the Central Plains and Great Lakes area, as well as Florida, are trending cooler.
By tomorrow, check out the surge of warmth moving into the Midwest! Temps across Minnesota to Nebraska, shoot up 10-25° above average. Meanwhile, the Northeast cools down and the Southern Plains stay well below average again.
The forecast for Sunday afternoon shows clearly how big of an influence the higher sun angle is this time of year on getting those surface temperatures to rise. Across Texas, it will be one of those days to have some plans inside, such as a movie or game day, to keep yourselves occupied. The same thing can be said for the Northwest where a coastal system is moving further inland, bringing about rain, snow, and windy conditions.
Have a great rest of your weekend, and remember, “Spring is just around the corner,” look out for it!
Meteorologist Addison Green ~ Twitter: @agreenWNTV