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March Going Out Like A Lion

By: Bob Trihy
By: Bob Trihy

With a very active spring weather pattern across the country, March is going out on a cranky note.

I'm sure many people across the country can't wait for the month of March to end. The folks you have to feel for the most are the residents of the northern plains. For them it's the winter that won't end. After a recent blizzard, another one is going to pound the Dakota's and upper Midwest the next couple of days. To make matters worse, the Red River has risen to levels never seen before, making life miserable around Fargo, North Dakota. Because of the unusually cold weather up there, it could be slowing the rise of the river. I guess only time will tell if more misery is on the way for them once things start to thaw for good.

On the warm side of the jet stream we've been seeing severe weather breaking out across the plains into the southeast. This is typical of spring, especially the beginning of the season with cold and snow to the north, with the warmth and storms to the south. The classic battle of the seasons. Of course we had a taste of that on Friday evening with an outbreak of tornadoes across North Carolina. Including one in Greene county and the other in Pitt county. It was a bit unusual to see these storms fire up like they did. But anytime you have a stationary front oriented from west to east across the area, and a very unstable and warm airmass to the south, anything is possible. And that's what happened on Friday.

We can relax a bit now, as we'll see drier air into the early part of the week, with another chance of showers and storms on Wednesday. Too early to tell if we'll see another round of severe weather. This time of year anything can happen.

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