Despite this week’s blast of winter, spring is nearly here, assures a meteorologist.
“The slow melt, temperatures slowly rising — it’s coming. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Gina Ressler, a meteorologist for The Weather Network.
On Tuesday, the network released its Spring Outlook, which covers the months of March, April and May.
It’s part of a series of quarterly long-term forecasts done by the network.
This spring, Ressler said Brandon-area residents should see average temperatures and precipitation near normal — that is, around the climatological average.
The average daytime high for Brandon during March is -1 C. For April, it’s around 10 C; for May, it’s 18 C to 19 C.
There will be ups and downs — including the chance of another March winter storm — but, in general, Ressler said she expects temperatures to be near normal.
That means winter is on its way out, even if it does give the city another parting shot of snow.
“You’re getting more sunlight every day, the sunlight is getting stronger every day,” Ressler said.
“If you do get some of that winter weather, you know that it’s probably going to melt quite quickly.”
It’s expected Brandon will receive its average total of about 100 mm of precipitation throughout March, April and May. That includes both snow and rain.
This year’s outlook is a return to normal.
Last winter and spring was above normal for spring, Ressler said. For example, last March the temperature was about five to six degrees above normal.
Last year, colder temperatures lingered in the Arctic, making for milder weather.
This year, the Prairie region was hit with cold Arctic air that dropped temperatures and mingled with moisture to the south and created storms.
“It was a more exciting winter, all in all,” Ressler said.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 6, 2013