WELCOME TO MARCH: It's different in Minnesota! - KMSP-TV

WELCOME TO MARCH: It's different in Minnesota!

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© METEOROLOGIST STEVE FRAZIER © METEOROLOGIST STEVE FRAZIER

What do they say, "In like a lamb out like a lion"? March 2014 will come in FROZEN SOLID, like most of our winter season.

Known as one of our snowiest and windiest months, March is definitely a month full of changes. Whether we're losing an hour of sleep, or officially welcoming spring, March is definitely a milestone page on the calendar. Probably more so for Minnesotans, who are most like ready get out of the house without that heavy winter coat?

Call it your March survival guide, but here are a few graphics highlighting what we will see and what we have seen during this month of transition. First, lets look below at what is average for the third month of the year.  

It's a month when we find winter still holding on, and spring anxious to take over .We will most likely experience a few days bundled up, with shovels in hand. However, we could also find ourselves out in shorts and tee shirts, soaking up the sun. All of this adding to it's wild reputation.

And then there is Daylight Saving Time. Yes, it is "Saving" and NOT "Savings". This year we set our clock ahead one hour at 2:00 AM on SUNDAY MARCH 9th. Of course you can do this before you go to bed, no need to stay up until two.

Originated during the 1970s energy crisis, it has been a subject of debate ever since. If anything, I guess you can't argue with the extra daylight when you get off work. But losing that hour of sleep is no picnic. Also, its not a bad time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

As we get two thirds of the way through the month, it's time to officially welcome spring! In Minnesota, spring takes on a different personality than most of the country. It can easily give us the cold shoulder. Keep in mind, we have seen the flakes as late as May. Spring is also the time when the cold and warm air masses do battle, so we may even hear a rumble of thunder around this time of month.

SPRING EQUINOX THURSDAY MARCH 20, 2014 11:57 AM

So, enjoy March, whether it goes out like a lamb or lion, it is sure to be month of excitement. Also, when it comes to meteorological seasons, March, April and May are considered spring.

So, not officially, we have left winter behind, or at least most of it.

Also, follow me on Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/#!/SteveFrazierFox9Kmsp and follow me on Twitter at @frazierfox9.

All kinds of cool stuff there, or at least I think so.

Frazier

 

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