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Ag. Weather Outlook 3-24-2014

by Tim Abramowski

“So, when’s it going get warmer?”  Obviously, that’s the most commonly-asked question these days.  It’s about replaced “How you doin’?” as the lead-off line in a conversation.  The response this spring, like every spring, is something like “oh, in a couple of days it’ll be in the 40s again.”  And, while that’s true, it’s not what you want to hear.  You’d prefer something more like… “this Thursday spring really begins.  We hit 45 and don’t look back.  The Sun shines.  Flowers bloom.” …and - most importantly - “no more freezing temperatures until fall…”  It’s a nice fantasy but a fatally flawed forecast.  We all know it doesn’t work like that.  The seasonal air masses still have several months to battle it out as we search in vain for reason to believe warmth is here to stay.  But there’s one sure sign of spring this year and it has a decent sounding long-range weather outlook attached.  It’s opening day of the baseball season in Detroit next Monday with an anticipated high not too far from 60 as the Tigers take on Kansas City.  Several more fairly warm days may follow. There could even be a few spring showers thrown in.  Right now it’s an outlook…too far ahead to be a definitive forecast…but we can dream, can’t we?

Rick Shields