But this is a special vernal equinox, the moon is new and there was a total solar eclipse today (not viewed here, but rather over northern Europe--see map)
So ends one of the warmest winters in Northwest history.
Let's take a look at the departure of the daily maximum temperature from normal over the past 90 days for the western U.S. Amazing anomalies. Much of northern Nevada and California, eastern Oregon and eastern Washington were over 6F above normal...some locations 8-10F above normal. Western Oregon and Washington were 2-6F above normal during this winter.
The official 6-10 day outlook? RED HOT! While the poor devils back east stay in the cold and snow.
For the fisherman in the community, what are the sea surface temperatures like? A huge pool of warm water, 2-4 C above normal, along the entire West Coast.
Soil temperatures are far warmer than last year, with the 8 inch (deep) soil temperatures now getting into the 50s in parts of western and south-central Washington (see plot from the WSU AgWeather website). Seattle has soil temperatures 4F warmer than a year ago (54F today).
Such warm temperatures means you can start planting some of the veggie seeds you normally wait until April to sow (e.g., parsley, onions).
Looking forward to getting out into the garden? Sunday AM look dry, but rain will come in around lunch time.... nature will do the watering for you after you get your seeds in!