It’s the weekend before Easter, and it’s supposed to be warm and Spring-like, right? Not so fast! Winter just doesn’t want to let go yet. The Seven Day Forecast on WHNT.com looks more like something you would see in January or February than late March! When temperatures are only warming into the upper 50s and lower 60s (and you call that a warm-up), you know something is amiss!
A persistent blocking pattern over the Northern Hemisphere has kept cold air dammed up in the eastern United States all month long:
Temperatures are running 4ºF to 5ºF below average on the month, and with more cold weather on the way next week, this will end up being a very unusual month!
This weekend brings a short warm-up. Warm air trying to replace the cool air is bringing a lot of rain with as it makes the move! Showers are likely on Saturday; some occasional lightning and thunder cannot totally be ruled out with the heavier showers on Saturday afternoon and evening east of Interstate 65. More rain comes in on Saturday night, and there is a small chance of a few strong or severe storms with the storms on Saturday night and Sunday morning:
Climate Data for March 23rd
Sunrise: 6:46 AM
Sunset: 7:01 PM
Average High: 67 Record 85 (1995)
Average Low: 44 Record 20 (1968)
Hours of Daylight: 12:13 (3 minutes longer than Friday)