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Winter & Spring Battle For Weather Dominance

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This morning, we woke up to rain instead of snow.  I almost forgot what it looked like.  With the calendar switching over to March and even my weathercast last night showing temps hitting the 60's, is spring finally here?

Well, we are busting out our umbrellas this morning as rain continues to fall, and if it's any indicator, which it usually is, that means spring may have sprung.  But first, let's look at that hard data.

March is the month that rainfall starts increasing in Great Falls until it finally peaks in June.  A change can also be seen when grouping rain into seasons, with a bump from winter to spring.
So we have the calendar…we have the warm temps…and we the rain.  It's got to be spring, right?  Well, Montana weather doesn't always play by the rules.

Nationally, March 1st is supposed to be the first day of Meteorological Spring while March 20th is the Vernal Equinox, where day and night are equal.  But for the State of Montana, we have to jump two months to May 13th for the average last frost.  Last year, it was May 8th.

Whether spring is now or later, Parks and Rec in Great Falls has a lot for you to look forward to.

"Between now and even the end of April, we're going to be crazy busy and lots of fun things going on, lots of things to keep people busy.  People have been cooped up all winter are tired of the snow.  I know I am so we have lots of outdoor activities to get people out and get them started on a great spring," said Patty Reardon of the Great Falls Parks & Rec.

So whether it's golf, softball or the Icebreaker run, it's time to start thinking about the new season.


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