The calendar says it's spring. The grass is green, the flowers are blooming and the trees are leafing out. And it's been in the 70s for the past two weeks. But the jet stream calls the shots and it has brought another round of winter.
A big dip in the jet across the eastern U.S. is allowing cold, Canadian air to pour southward, producing lake effect snows in the upper Midwest and an overnight freeze as far south as the Gulf Coast. In central Missouri, highs are expected in the upper 30s, with wind chills in the upper teens. Overnight lows will be in the low 20s for the next two nights, killing off many of our flowers and blossums; not good news for the fruit growers!
We humans don't like setbacks. We want our seasonal change to be steady and predictable. Once we've had a taste of spring, winter is no longer welcome. But mother nature is not sentimental....and she has the final say.