Spring is finally here, at least according to the calendar. But if you were to judge by the weather, would you say spring is here?
It depends on where you are in the country on how you answer that question, but more than likely you would say spring is late or hasn't even arrived at all. The eastern half of the country remains cold and you can't watch TV or check news sources on the internet without getting a blast of severe weather stories.
So, spring is here and while it seems like it has been colder than normal, statistics show the average temperature to be about two degrees above normal and what about severe weather? Every day and night, we are bombarded with dramatic video footage of golf ball-sized hail and funnel clouds.
Now it makes for good television, but in 2012 the number of tornadoes in the U-S was actually the lowest number in the past 10 years. That's right.
So while climate change may indeed be happening, it is as more our ability to document weather that frames our weather perspective and it is not such a bad thing but we do need to keep it in perspective and keep in mind there are plenty of national weather folks that make it seem like the sky is falling every day and night.
So keep the watching the weather but know the headlines are only part of the story.
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