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The falls are roaring during this warm March (PHOTO: Sky Belieu) The falls are roaring during this warm March (PHOTO: Sky Belieu)
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SPOKANE, Wash. - People are loving this first part of March. Warm temperatures, golf courses opening up early… It feels that Spring has sprung around the Inland Northwest and that it is here to stay, and it looks like the National Weather Service and the Climate Prediction Center or CPC agree.

February ended as the 8th warmest February on record with an average high temperature of 47.1 degrees! A full 7.1 degrees above normal. Now this March has seen two back to back days above 60 and the next seven days are looking to continue above average temperatures. Keep in mind that Spring officially starts on March 20th.

Lots of people wondering though, will this last? Can we continue to see upper 50's and low 60's through the rest of the month and even farther out. 

Take a look at the next 8-14 day outlook below. An almost sure chance that we stay, in the Inland Northwest, well above average for the next two weeks. 

8-14Day Outlook

(8-14 day outlook)

Then look at the rest of March, again well above average for our temperatures. 

(March)

Your next thought might then be, well with this nice Spring we are having, what about the summer months? Good news for those love heat and dry conditions because that is the trend. The June-July-August outlook provided by the CPC showing a warm trend, especially true for the western half of the United States, and this could mean disaster for fire season.

(June-July-August Temperature Outlook)

Incidentally have you noticed how dry it has been recently? Maybe been shocked a few times with a little static electricity? That is because the humidity has been below 50% for the last several days, which measures the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere. There have been several brush fires recently but it has also allowed large temperature swings. In some locations nearly 30 to 40 degree temperature swings have happened between night and day. This is because the water in the atmosphere isn't allowed to retain any heat! The more water in the atmosphere the less static electricity and the lower the temperature swings.

Wetter weather is on the way but we will stay on the mild side for now.

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