After a span of eight days that gave us THREE winter storms, the phrase "above normal" appeals to me greatly.

We are about a week away from the first day of meteorological spring. If you've listened to our forecasts with Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Wayne Hart, you know that, in his field, the pros don't go by the calendar. (Which is a lot easier than wondering, "Is the first day of ______ the 21st or the 22nd?")

Yes, March 1st is the first day of meteorological spring and it can't get here quick enough. We're already enjoying a good taste of it right now, but I would like to make it official sooner rather than later.

So, what's spring going to be like in the tri-state? Well, according to this National Weather Service map, we have about a 40% chance of experiencing above normal temperatures in the coming season.

National Weather Service

And that looks might fine to me. On the other hand, the following map displays a forecast of above normal PRECIPITATION.

National Weather Service

Oh well. six of one, half a dozen of the other. It IS spring, after all, so I guess we should expect SOME rain.

Now, if all that info on those maps is as clear as mud, the National Weather Service does offer and explanation of everything you're seeing with its guide on how to read a three-month outlook.

Have fun, weather-philes and join me in welcoming spring with open arms.

And open windows.

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