Slow to warm up as we dive into spring


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Hey spring…where is the average temperatures at? It’s supposed to be in the upper 50s.

It’s still been cold. Wednesday morning we broke a record low temperature, which has been a reoccurring trend this year.

In fact, Indiana’s average February temperature was about 8.7 degrees below normal, we felt every little bit of that… and meanwhile March is running 6.6 degrees below normal. It’s just been cold…which is definitely not tugging our weather heartstrings for the last month.

So why is it just so hard to warm up even though spring has arrived…well we’ve just had round after round of cold air move in with snow over the last couple months, which has made the surface very cold and even frozen below. While the sun continues to shine and the suns rays become more direct. The ground will continue to warm up, which will help aid to some consistent warmer temperatures, not just a pleasant surprise every once in a while.

That’s the question, when will we consistently see warmer temperatures? Ken Scheeringa, a Purdue University-based associate state climatologist says his analysis also suggests that Indiana’s average April temperatures could run 2 to 4.5 degrees below normal and also suggests that April, May and June’s temperatures could average between 0.4 degrees and 2.7 degrees below normal over that three-month period. This means maybe not soon enough.

So for now as the cold pattern continues and the surface remains cold temperatures are going to suffer.

That’s not all; the Climate Prediction Center also has the Wabash Valley predicted to be below average for the month of April. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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