It’s amazing how different each year can be as the ever-changing seasons unfold before our eyes. You may remember that the spring of 2012 was warm — very warm, with average temperatures last March that were over 9 degrees above normal in Western North Carolina. This year has been significantly different.
No doubt about it, late winter and early spring in Western North Carolina have been cooler and wetter than we normally expect. But it looks like the coming weekend should bring some much needed sunshine and a return to near normal temperatures. Just remember: The risk for frost and freeze is not over just yet.
The scattered thunderstorms this week have created several opportunities to witness a weather phenomenon that you may have seen a number of times, but didn’t quite know what to call it.
One of the most amazing transformations in nature is on display right here in Western North Carolina as trees and vegetation come alive in the spring.
Spring brings the return of afternoon thunderstorms, but the impact of the rain can last long after the storms move on.
For many of us in the mountains, it seems that spring has sprung almost overnight as trees are flowering, birds are singing and allergies have hit full force (cough, cough). Another sure sign of spring: Scattered thunderstorms that pop up in the heat of the sun.
The sweltering weekend heat is only going to get worse today, as temperatures in Asheville are expected to hit 91 degrees, just shy of the 92 degree record set back in 1993, according to accuweather.com. As usual for this time of year, there’s around a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.