It’s Meteorological Spring, But the Universe Doesn’t Care

Today marks the beginning of meteorological spring, which should mean warmer temperatures, blooming flowers, and no more winter weather, right? Everyone at The Weather Channel was so excited for the start of this new season. This is pretty much how people all over the office were acting:

But when we all walked into work this morning, we were greeted by a ferocious beast of a storm that will bring snow, cold temperatures, high winds, and rain to millions of people. So the happy spring vibes were crushed and the dancing stopped and the people looked more like this:

Thanks, Winter Storm Riley.

This winter was, and continues to be, brutal for everyone across the country. Winter storm after winter storm, snow fell in parts of the country that rarely see it (looking at you, Florida) and people didn’t know what to do with themselves (still looking at you, Florida).

In fact, between December 4, 2017 and January 4, 2018, every single state was under a winter weather advisory at some point… Every. Single. State. Yes, that even includes Hawaii. Fun fact: Snow isn’t uncommon in Hawaii, therefore neither are winter weather advisories. All the wintry action happens at the summits of the islands’ mountains, so that’s why you never really hear about it.

Over the course of the season, some places experienced colder temperatures than others…

(Yes, that’s a -92°F windchill. No, we can’t even begin to imagine what that feels like.)

But everyone from coast to coast experienced a taste of winter the past few months.

We wish we could tell you to roll the car windows down, put away your winter sweaters, and get ready for the warmer times ahead…

But we can’t. At least not for the next few days. Sorry, guys, but spring hasn’t actually sprung yet, just like our good friend Punxsutawney Phil predicted. We’ll have to wait until “real” spring starts on March 20th to begin the celebration!


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  1. The title – it’s meteorological Spring but the universe doesn’t care. So why is the TWC staff giving us a recap of winter? This March has seen a blocking pattern but not much cold air with it. After a mild Feb. with below average snow, Boston is slightly milder than average so far this Mar. March can have some very cold air with heavy snow right to the coast. It’s been a struggle to get cold and snow this Mar. TWC for some reason feels the need to personify or anthropomorphize weather with “brutal”. Whether it’s -70 F or 120 F the weather will never be brutal. TWC staff resides in the southland so it’s understandable that they’re not hardy folk. Wimps more like it.

  2. I personally like snow and winter, so it doesn’t bother me as much, but I love the spring. I live in California so there’s no snow.

      1. You obviously love living in the home of “girlie men” (e.g., California). Ooh la la! #lovingCali 😀

    1. FYI, there is snow in California, especially in both Squaw Valley and the Sierra Nevada. You have drunk too much covfefe. #blondewxmoment 😀

  3. You can tell that Mother Nature does not care that March 1 is the beginning of meteorological spring. She loves to throw many curveballs, including a classic Nor’easter. It shows that Mother Nature has drunk too much covfefe (coffee) lately. #sheissodrunk 🙂

    1. It’s the covfefe??? I thought she was mad at me for some reason, giving me lows in the 30’s… Argh! Can’t turn that heater off yet.

          1. Mother Nature does the #SSDD with our weather despite the constant negative press covfefe. It is a no-brainer. 😀