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Spring Fever in the Southwest

3 Mar 2013, 10:07 am

Happy Sunday! Let’s take a break from talking about the Midwest snowstorm and think warmer thoughts. The Southwest broke heat records yesterday — sounds like a fantastic place to be right about now. Anyone else have spring fever?

Check out these gorgeous beach photos from WeatherNation fans and viewers. Los Angeles set a record yesterday with a high of 82 degrees… their average high temperatures typically don’t reach the low 80’s until the end of June/start of July.

We also love a good sunset photo. This one comes to us from Twitter friend @WxRobBradley.

You can always send us your photos on Facebook, Twitter, or upload them directly to We love seeing the weather from your perspective!

We expect this heat to surge eastward as the storm in the Midwest begins to intensify. Here’s the departure from average numbers for the Southern Plains to give you an idea of where this heat is headed. Texas looks balmy for the next few days!

This heat is certainly a welcome sight for the Gulf Coast, after they’ve had Freeze Warnings and Frost Advisories in the last few days.

This juxtaposition of heat and cold is helping to fuel the winter storm for the Upper Midwest. As it gains strength today and into tomorrow, significant snows are expected through North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. The clashing of warm and cold air is easy to see on our temperature trend map below.

We’re in for a wild roller coaster of temperatures in the Central U.S. for the next couple of days, but our general trend of warming will continue through March. Most locations in the middle of the country will see a 10-15 degree increase in daily high temperature by the end of the month. Here’s an example from St. Louis:

Things are looking up! Have a great end to your weekend, and a fantastic upcoming week.

Meteorologist Miranda Hilgers

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