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).
Florida Walmart's don't carry snow shovels, so I'll finally know what cabin fever feels like! "Snow in Florida" pic.twitter.com/5S1KO1QOiF
— Michael J. Smith (@Road_2_Ft_Worth) January 3, 2018
For the first time in 28 years, snow is falling in #Tallahassee. #TLHWinterStorm #StayWarm @LeonCounty @WFSUNews @abc27 @WCTV @skipfoster @TallyPD @cotfire @iFlyTallahassee @COTparks pic.twitter.com/KsIMWVDJGU
— City of Tallahassee (@COTNews) January 3, 2018
It’s snowing in Tallahassee! As exciting as this is, please use extreme caution if you are driving & don’t expose yourself to the cold for too long without proper gear. #SunshineState #SnowDay #WinterIsHere pic.twitter.com/QVnnCTWQ5E
— Tallahassee Police (@TallyPD) January 3, 2018
— Victoria Pearson PhD (@VirusExplorer) January 3, 2018
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.
— NOAA ESRL (@NOAA_ESRL) February 9, 2018
Over the course of the season, some places experienced colder temperatures than others…
— MWObservatory (@MWObs) January 6, 2018
(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.
Snow day in Coastal Georgia pic.twitter.com/4Sm7I5yjNv
— Sara Maltby (@SaraRunsAway) January 3, 2018
— \ (@imcarljoseph) December 8, 2017
— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) February 19, 2018
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!