Long Range Forecast Suggests Cold and Stormy March for Maine
It's not an exaggeration to say that it has been a strange winter in Maine. In a typical year, January and February would be the coldest months with the harshest storms. But with the end of February in sight, 2023 has given us anything but that.
January had an eight day stretch that dropped plenty of snow across three storms. February has been extremely quiet, feeling almost spring-like for most of the month. If you're thinking we've moved past winter and on to warmer things, long range forecast models want you to think again.
According to Almanac.com, long range forecast models are promising a pleasant start to March with much of the spring vibe that February had. It's mid to late March that becomes the issue, where the forecast models are calling for severe cold and a slew of storms. Yes, that classic Maine snow storm after the spring solstice. Just what everyone wants.
If you're able to dismiss the possibility of several March snowstorms as an annoyance, it's going to be the cold that will really irk you. The long range forecast models are promising a March that will keep the average temperature below normal for most of the month. As far as the chill goes, April looks even worse, with the same long range models predicting a rather dubiously cold April.
Don't put away the snow blower or the shovels or the winter hats and mittens quite yet. It sounds like the groundhog was right and Mother Nature still has a few more tricks up her sleeve, whether we like it or not.