What a difference a year makes!

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Remember this?

This time last year, the Tennessee Valley was blanketed in as much as 8 to 12 inches of snow!

For 2016, high pressure returned to the Valley, and instead of winter weather, we got a nice preview to the beginning of spring.

Speaking of which… “Meteorological spring” starts on Tuesday, March 1. For research purposes (mainly, to compare data sets as easily as possible), meteorologists divide the year up neatly into three month intervals — in this case, spring spans from March 1 to May 31.

In astronomy, the vernal equinox — or first day of spring — occurs when the sun shines directly on the equator, and the length of day/night is roughly equal. In Huntsville, this date occurs on March 19, 2016 at 11:30pm CDT.

As we finish up February and look forward to March, rain is in the forecast for each day into the next weekend.

(MORE: Check the forecast discussion)

While we are not forecasting a complete wash out, we do anticipate showers to occur at some through the next 5 days or so. Might as well go outside and enjoy the early spring weather!

– Christina Edwards

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