The first day of spring rose over a sea of white and brought with it some brutally cold temperatures. It certainly wasn't the type of spring day where you could wear flip flops and shorts for the walk to class at UND.
Student: "Spring, really? I don't think so.".
Student: "It's not spring. It's too cold.".
And while it's cold out for the first day of spring and the snow is still piled high…. Our passing winter won't be making any top ten lists.
Folks at the National Weather Service took a look at our overall winter numbers for me today…. neither the snow total or average temperature hit a top ten list.
Jennifer Ritterling, National Weather Service: "Average temperature? It may seem very cold, March has been below average for the month so far. However, January was above average as far as temperatures go and December was right on average. So, it hasn't been the coldest winter ever…ha."
Our average temperature for the winter was 10.5-degrees. That's actually quite a bit warmer than any other year in the top ten…. as far as cold winters.
And our total snowfall for the winter is 52.8 inches. That's a foot above average, but not close to being a record setter. However, it is worse that last year.
Jennifer Ritterling: "But in comparison to last year… people's memories are short. They remember how mild it was, the face that the snow was gone in a week. We don't have that this year."
So while it may not feel like spring today, when you look at the numbers, it could have been a lot worse.