Spring fever anyone? Temps hit the low 60s on Monday making it the warmest day of the year so far and warmest since mid-November. What's crazy is that the normal high during early March is 37 degrees...37!
Temperatures will continue to hold above normal, despite a slight cool down early next week, In fact, a warm bias remains well into May.
The date when spring weather arrives (as measured by first bud data) is earlier than in recent decades. Spring in Minnesota is arriving 3 days earlier compared to 30 years ago. Some states have spring arriving as much as 5 days earlier than 30 years ago.
While an early spring may mean an early start to riding dirt, the shift does have ecological consequences. As Climate Central puts it:
Changing temperature cues can disrupt the temporal match between plant and animal processes, leaving insects without food and plants without pollinators. An earlier growing season can also increase water stress while leaving plants more vulnerable to frost damage after starting growth too soon.
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story