Snow in the spring?

Personally, I have strong doubts, but on Thursday the weather buzz was all about a possibility of snow on Sunday.
That's right. The Weather Channel's Web site was showing a prediction for rain/snow showers/wind for Augusta on Sunday.
If so, it certainly would be a unique way to ring in the first day of March.
As of Thursday, even my friends at the National Weather Service weren't ruling out the potential for the white stuff for that day.
"The models are hinting for a chance of snow," said Dave Schuetrum, a meteorologist with the weather service in West Columbia. "But, that's quite a ways out and we are just not sure. There needs to be more agreement with the other models and right now there isn't. Timing is the key...cold air and precipitation, the ingredients..."
Interestingly, on the same day snow talk was getting started for the first day of March, Georgia's state climatologist Dr. David Stooksbury sent out a release stating how most meteorologists, atmospheric scientists and climatologists consider March 1 as when spring begins.
That's despite the fact that most calendars mark March 20 as the start, which Dr. Stooksbury said is based on the vernal equinox.
"This is referred to as astronomical spring," Dr. Stooksbury stated in his release.
Meanwhile, "The National Weather Service uses March 1 as the beginning of spring for climate summary purposes," Dr. Stooksbury stated.
But he states that some might have a different idea of when spring starts.
"Other designations of spring include Good Friday or the start of the baseball season. My  personal favorite is the Masters Tournament week in Augusta. Once the Masters is over, spring is usually here to stay in Georgia," he states.
Considering the potential for snow on Sunday, such later start dates might be more apropos.
How about you? What are your thoughts on when spring starts?

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juliebac
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juliebac 02/27/09 - 08:45 am
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When will spring start in

When will spring start in Augusta? Not sure, but...one sure sign is seeing the robins, which were pecking about my yard this week...normally, spring is not too far away when they arrive. (But, I would love to see snow Sunday!)

Preston Sparks
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Preston Sparks 02/27/09 - 12:37 pm
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The latest from the National

The latest from the National Weather Service, as of Friday morning, is a forecast for   rain and snow between 9 p.m. and midnight on Sunday, then a chance of snow after midnight. The weather service is calling for a 50 percent chance of precipitation that night, with a low of 28 and less than a tenth of an inch of precipitation possible. 

Partlycloudy420
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Partlycloudy420 03/02/09 - 12:03 am
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Unfortunately, the Augusta

Unfortunately, the Augusta metro area escapes snow. Computer models had been predicting a very strong upper level low coming across Alabama, Georgia and into the Carolinas. Another low formed of the coast of the Atlantic, robbing the Augusta area of the much needed moisture needed for snow to fall. Much of the Atlantic moisture pumped into the Carolinas, toward Charlotte. Now many will blame local forcasters for botching the prediction, but you have to understand the uniqueness of the situation. But you'll blame them anyway. Weather is NOT an exact science. RS

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Boston93 03/04/09 - 09:28 am
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My recollection is that the

My recollection is that the approximately 16" snow we had years ago came at 35 degrees and was mid March. Love to see snow here, but once a year will suffice. Remember the big one and my family and neighborhood spent dayligh to dark enjoying it. Good for the kids, but not on a regular basis.

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