We’re over a month into spring and we’ve seen a little bit of all kinds of weather in the past month! Some of us have seen snow, others have come very close to hitting 90 degrees (and some areas to our west DID hit 90° already). Because of these wild swings, we joke, “Don’t like the weather? Wait five minutes.” But spring is a transitional season, so blizzards and hot days aren’t out of the ordinary.
These swings are apparent in our first/last temperature averages. For instance, our average last 32° is April 18th, which we’re past now. But many of us remember seeing snow in May, and our latest 32° was May 13th, 1997.
We typically see our first 90° day during spring, too. The average date for it is May 21st, but Omaha’s earliest recorded 90° day was March 25th, 1907. We came close to hitting 90 degrees on April 21st this year but fell just short when we topped out at 88 degrees.
Despite our big temperature variations, we do see an overall warming trend during spring. When March starts, our average high temperatures are in the mid 40. By the end of May our average high is nearly 80 degrees!