If you think it’s been a warm spring, you’re right. The National Weather Service says March was a very warm month, especially in the Ozarks. The average daily high temperature was 10 degrees to 14 degrees above normal. Meteorologist Gene Hatch says a high pressure ridge kept cold Canadian air out and brought in warmth from the Gulf Coast and the dominant factor in keeping the cold away was a continual ridge of high pressure.
Hatch says so far, 2012 appears to follow the spring of 1910.
A warmer March was preceded by a dryer than normal winter where the official snowfall total measured under three inches. But Hatch quickly warns there are other factors that go into making a long range forecast and records are only a part of the equation.