Meteorological winter was the 8th warmest for the Twin Cities, but the warmest on record for the entire USA. Thank you, El Nino!
The ongoing El Nino is likely past its peak with a transition to neutral conditions for a time late spring and early summer 2016. Odds favor La Nina cool phase developing late in the year which may increase the risk of drought by autumn.
Seasonal Outlook: Spring
Temperatures: The March-April 2016 temperature outlook favors above normal temperatures across the majority of the U.S. The odds are highest from the Great Lakes across northern Minnesota and into the Pacific Northwest.
Precipitation: Seasonal precipitation across Minnesota is expected to be similar to climatological probabilities through May.
The vernal equinox (astronomical start to spring) is March 20. Even still it's like spring came early this year with a streak of days near 60F earlier this month. Not bad considering we could still be shoveling snow this time of year!
NWS Twin Cities Weather Story