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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Wet and stormy weather threatens to disrupt holiday plans from the Eastern Seaboard to the Gulf Coast, as well as across the Great Lakes on Memorial Day.
The risk of damaging thunderstorms will continue through the Memorial Day weekend with communities from Michigan to Texas being threatened into Sunday night.
Cyclonic Storm Mora will take aim at Bangladesh in the final days of May.
An end to the unsettled weather plaguing the northeastern United States this Memorial Day weekend will not come with the holiday.
The heaviest thunderstorms threatening Indianapolis on Sunday should hold off until after the Indy 500 is run, unless crashes prevent the race from finishing before the late afternoon.
Many communities in Germany will experience their warmest day so far this year on Monday as summerlike warmth surges back.
Sunday was a drier day for many across Britain, but showers will return for Monday's spring bank holiday.
Severe thunderstorms caused significant damage from the central Plains through the mid-Mississippi and Tennessee River valleys during the start of Memorial Day weekend.