This spring has been unseasonably warm. Record and near-record
warmth dominated the eastern two-thirds of the nation during spring. Thirty-one
states were record warm for the season. Only Oregon and Washington had spring
temperatures near normal. The spring season's nationally averaged temperature
was 57.1 degrees, 5.2 degrees above the long-term average, and surpassing the
previous warmest spring (1910) by 2 degrees.
In terms of rainfall, it has been an unseasonably dry spring
across much of the United States. Firefighters in Colorado and New Mexico are
battling wind-fueled wildfires that are moving fast through parched forests,
forcing scores of evacuations and destroying or damaging numerous structures.