For those living in regions that are still feeling the effects of winter well into spring, it may seem hard to believe that around this time last year heat records were being shattered across the country. Much of the northern United States has a blanket of snow on the ground this March, when compared to practically no snow this time last year.
A series of storms sweeping across the nation from the Northwest to the Northeast and at times dipping into part of the South has delivered near- to above-normal snowfall in many locations this winter and early spring.
While the winter got off to a late start in many areas, once cold air became established later in January, the snow guns were armed. (Continue reading)
Last year at this time, less than 8 percent of the country had snow cover.
This year, nearly half of the nation is covered with snow.
"What a difference a year makes!" writes AccuWeather's Jesse Ferrell. "This time last year, I had flowers blooming, leaves budding, green grass and weeds growing in my yard here in Central PA! Today, I've got nothing but snow."
Last year, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., saw the peak bloom on March 20. This year the peak is anticipated to fall somewhere between April 3 and 6.
This time last year the Crystal Mountain Resort in Michigan had opened their golf course. This year they are still skiing.
Facebook fan John Lanoue of Chesterville, Maine, submitted this side-by-side comparison of Locke Pond. On the left, we see open waters as a little remaining ice melts off March 24, 2012. To the right we see the pond on March 24, 2013. With over 2 feet of solid ice it's still thick enough for snowmobiling on. Lanoue writes, "it will be quite a while before the boats get launched!"
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Severe thunderstorms caused significant damage from the central Plains through the mid-Mississippi and Tennessee River valleys during the start of Memorial Day weekend.
Powerful thunderstorms will continue to cause significant damage as they plow across the central United States into early Sunday morning.
On the heels of Saturday's outbreak, the risk of damaging thunderstorms will continue through the Memorial Day weekend with communities from Ohio to Texas being threatened on Sunday.
An outbreak of severe weather will continue to threaten lives and property across the central United States into Saturday night.
The warmest days so far this year across the United Kingdom have been replaced with rainy spells and thunderstorms this spring bank holiday weekend.
While it will not rain the entire time in the northeastern US this Memorial Day weekend, people with outdoor plans should be prepared to dodge showers and thunderstorms.
Many communities in Germany will experience their warmest days so far this year on Sunday and Monday as summerlike warmth surges back.
Another bout of summerlike air will surge across the northwestern United States through Monday, before temperatures begin to tumble.