Cold temperatures have many wondering: 'Where's spring?'

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Ducks tuck their beaks underneath their feathers on Monday in Havelock. They may have been just trying to get some sleep, but with a high temperature of 49 degrees to start the first full week of spring, they may have just been trying to find some way to stay warm.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 06:33 PM.

Melinda Davis is probably like everyone else. She wants some warmer weather.

"I’m trying to figure out where spring is because I’m cold," Davis said. "I’m ready for some green grass, and I’m just ready to spend some time outside in the sunshine working out in the yard."

Davis said the time is right to start planting carrots, bell peppers and cucumbers in her garden, and she’d like to be doing that work in short sleeves.

According to the calendar, spring started March 20, but residents have been waking up to frosty lawns and windshields. The daffodils were fooled into coming up because of a warm February, but March’s cold snap has them bent over and wilting.

"We can tell through our social media that people are like ‘What’s going on? Where’s spring?" said Lara Pagano, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Newport.

The normal high temperature for this time of year in the Havelock area is 68 degrees, but Monday and Tuesday high temperatures didn’t even reach 50, according to the weather service. Records show the average highs have been anywhere from 9 to 19 degrees colder than normal since March 19, when the thermometer hit a high of 70. In March so far, just six days have had above-normal temperatures, and though weekend highs predicted to be in the lower 60s will feel warmer compared to earlier in the week, those temperatures will still be below normal.

Pagano said much of the blame for the chillier spring is on the polar jet stream, which is farther south than normal for this time of year.

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