Europe, much like the eastern United States, has experienced a very chilly March. Actually, some cities in the Southeast United States had a cooler March than January. April, besides a brief warmup in the Northeast, has started chilly as well.
According to AccuWeather.com Social Media Coordinator Jesse Ferrell, March 2013 ranks as the second coldest March in the United Kingdom ever. Incredibly, March 2013 was colder than December, January or February of this past winter.
There is light at the end of the tunnel for fans of spring weather for both the United States and western Europe.
Interestingly enough, the reason that the warmth will invade the regions is one and the same.
There has been a persistent and strong area of high pressure located near Greenland for the past two months or so. This is indicative of a North Atlantic blocking pattern where this area of high pressure forces cold air from arctic regions to invade the eastern U.S. and also western Europe.
Basically, this cold air has nowhere to go but these areas due to this block. This can be compared to water running down a hill; there is only one way to go.
Springlike warmth will finally come to western and central Europe next week. Some moderation is expected this weekend with temperatures likely to average a few degrees above normal across the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy next week. Highs will approach 70 in Paris late next week or next weekend. This would be the warmest reading so far this year. In fact, Paris has not reached 60 since Oct. 25, 2012.
Snow will swing across parts of the central and northern Plains to the Upper Midwest as November ends and December begins.
As millions head home from their Thanksgiving ventures the weather may cause trouble on the roads and at the airports from the southern Appalachians to the central Rockies on Sunday.
Tropical Rainstorm Sandra will continue to bring the risk of flooding rainfall to portions of western Mexico into Saturday night.
The reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
The first widespread ice storm of the season will slowly diminish over parts of the southern and central Plains, but areas of slippery travel will continue into Sunday morning.
An active storm track across northern Europe will bring more wind and rain across Germany into the new week.
Chardon, OH (1996)
A bull's eye for lake effect snow for the month with more than 70".
New England (1921)
Heavy ice storm in New England with a buildup of over 3 inches. Power lines downed, trees destroyed. Damage totalled $10 million damage.
Lake Superior (1960)
A severe lake storm along the north shore of Lake Superior: waves 20-40 feet high, wind gust to 73 mph. Floods and waves caused structural damage.