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March 20, 2014

SEASONAL DISORDER: As spring starts, winter won't quit

Even as spring officially starts, winter won't quit, Hoosiers say


For Michelle Pemberton, of Indianapolis, though “soon” close enough.

“Not soon enough, I’m hoping in the next month it will warm up so I can get out of the house and get on my motorcycle and actually be able to do some outside activities,” she said, shivering as she stood near the Elkhart County Courthouse.

“I feel like I’ve been cold for six months,” she said.

However, for Wilma Harder of Goshen, the rough winter has been enjoyable because she grew up in Minnesota.

“I love this winter, I grew up in Minnesota and I finally feel like we had a real winter and I went walking everyday no matter how cold it was,” she said. “I guess I’m ready for spring, but I’m not anxious, I’m not champing at the bit.”

After a winter full of heavy snowfall and bitterly cold temperatures any sign of spring is met with excitement and anticipation.

Hanging on

Spring officially starts at 12:57 p.m. EDT today.

According to meteorologist Nick Greenawalt with the National Weather Service out of North Webster, spring starts annually between March 20 and 22. The variance has to do with the vernal equinox.

While the calendar says its spring, the weather isn’t cooperating.

Arctic blasts out of Canada continue to provides days of well-below normal temperatures mixed with a couple of days of closer to normal temperatures.

And just because it’s spring doesn’t mean that is likely to change.

“What our weather monitor is showing is that pattern will continue,” said of the cold streaks. “We’re going to stay in that pattern for the next couple of weeks. “

He said that into early next week there may be a few days where temperatures won’t’ get above freezing.

According to Greenawalt, even though arctic air will continue to spill into the Midwest, the temperatures won’t be as severe as they were in January and February because days are longer and that cold air isn’t able to sustain itself as it moves further south.

But the cold air is still providing the Midwest with days where the temperature is 15 to 20 degrees below normal.

Flood warning

The National Weather Service in North Indiana issued a flood warning for the north branch of the Elkhart River at Cosperville affecting Elkhart and Noble counties. Recent snowmelt has caused minor flooding along area rivers.

The warning is in effect until 8 p.m. tonight.

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