False Spring

Hi there and welcome to another Weather Wednesday. This week I’m going to sortof continue on the topic I was on last week. This time I’m going to focus on the weather teasing us, when it becomes so springlike we think it is here to stay. Then in a day or so, it goes right back to winter. This is what I call and some well known weather people have called a false spring. I have two examples of years when this occurred that I will talk about here to give you an idea of this rather puzzling and potentially dangerous phenomenon. Also, both examples have happened in Southern Ontario in 1995 and 2003.

In 1995 around now, the weather suddenly warmed up unexpectedly to temperatures you would expect in May for about 4 or 5 days. The weather was only forecasted to warm up to about 11 or 12 C. and that was it. We saw the mercury shoot up to around 21 C. for hi’s and lo’s around 1 or 2, all under clear skies and light winds. It stayed above freezing during the day untill April 4th, when the temperatures plummeted from 7 C. in the morning to a very unseasonably cold minus4 during the day. This was complete with rain changing to snow and for the next few days, temperatures ever so slowly recovered to the teens and 20 C. by June setting the stage for a hot and sometimes stormy summer.

In 2003 we had another false spring which occurred after a very cold winter, with the weather warming up to 9 or 10 C. and at one point, going up to 19. Once again, this occurred around this date in March and it wouldn’t go below freezing until April 3rd, with a freezing rain warning issued and almost a day of it and some snow falling. This time the refreeze starts with the mercury going no higher than 0 and staying steady, then returning to below freezing during the night and day, with hi’s near minus 1 or 2 and lo’s near minus 5 or 6. Once again, temperatures would recover to more seasonal conditions but this time the warm up was faster, with hi’s in the double digits from April 12th to April 15th. On this day the hi was 27 with lo’s around 5 or 6 and hi’s next day steady near 3 or 4.

The bizarre thing about both of these false Springs is that if you were a hockey fan and a fan of the New Jersey Devils, they won the Stanley Cup both years. I don’t understand it but it really is a bizarre phenomenon. I know, I know…. you can laught all you like but it’s all true. This year the weather has warmed up suspiciously after another very unrelenting cold winter, giving parts of Southern Ontario below freezing temperatures throughout the entire month of February and almost freezing Lake Ontario. Will we go through another false spring in 2015? I guess we will have to wait and see. The farmers almanac says that we may get one more snowfall before March is done and the weather may stay rather cool through the first part of April, turning warmer by months end. Let’s wait and see what happens and if this holds true to both the patterns and farmers almanac.

If you have any comments you can reply here or email me at blindgordie@gmail.com and I will get back to you.
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Another blog you may want to follow alongside this one is from Phil Chadwick. He is a retired meteorologist from Environment Canada and his specialty was severe weather. Here is the url.
philtheforecaster.blogspot.com
Check it out if you are a weather nut. He has stuff in there that I didn’t even know. Well, after all, he did work for Environment Canada for many years and he retired in 2011.
Well, that’s it for today’s blog post. Talk to you on Sunday.

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