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

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 06:33 PM.

"When you get that polar jet to sink southward, obviously the colder air from the pole is able to sink southward into the United States, and once you get that colder air in here with a high pressure, it is really hard to get that colder air to shift out unless the polar jet starts to retreat northward," she said. "Once that polar jet retreats and we’re able to tap into a more southerly flow, we’ll be able to get warmer temperatures into the area."

But everyone wants to know when.

"Things do look like they do come around by next Monday or so," she said of when temperatures could near 70 degrees, right around normal for this time of year.

She said the Climate Prediction Center’s long-range forecast for April shows temperatures returning to normal, if not above normal. The one-month outlook calls for a 33 percent chance of above normal temperatures for the region.

"If we go by that, then we are going to finally see spring arrive — finally," she said.

Spring is normally the time of severe or violent thunderstorms, but Pagano said more factors than temperature play into that, including location of the jet stream.

"You just need the cold air to meet up with the warm air in just the right area and then you get severe weather," she said. "It’s hard to predict it right now. You have to have just the right setup. We don’t have any sort of severe weather for the next week."

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