Happy Meteorological Spring! March 1st is when meteorological spring officially begins while astronomical (“regular”) spring begins on Thursday, March 19th. Meteorological seasons are split into 3-month time frames, based on temperature cycles, so spring starts on March first and goes through May 31st. Before you know it, we'll be seeing scenes like the picture above! In Omaha, our average high temperatures begin in the mid 40s at the start of meteorological spring and eventually reach the upper 70s by the end of May!
A new month means a new outlook, too. The first full week of March looks to be a fantastic one with temperatures well above average and overall dry conditions.
Keep in mind, the average high temperature in Omaha at the start of March is 44 degrees and overall monthly average high is 51 degrees. Mornings are still chilly though, with an average low of 28 degrees. On average, Omaha picks up another 4.2 inches of snow during March and we start to see more rain return, too, with an average of nearly two inches of rainfall.
According to the Climate Prediction Center, the rest of the month looks to be similar. Nearly all of the central and eastern United States will likely see above average temperatures.
Checking with the CPC again, it looks like some drier than average conditions could win out in central Nebraska and Kansas. Wetter than average conditions will likely be farther to our east and southwest.