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04/01/2013

Wayward weather or what?

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Traffic passes snow drifts near Colne in northern England on March 27. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

The weather is wacky. How else do you describe this?

  •  In Russia, Moscow saw the highest March snow depth in 20 years. Moscow Times reports that this March was the coldest in 60 years.
  • In the U.S., parts of Texas are expected to be in drought-like conditions for the rest of spring, while places in North Dakota will see flooding.

What does this mean?

“This outlook (for the U.S.) reminds us of the climate diversity and weather extremes we experience in North America, where one state prepares for flooding while neighboring states are parched, with no drought relief in sight," said Laura Furgione, deputy director of NOAA’s National Weather Service, in a statement.

“Weather can turn on a dime, so it’s important to stay tuned to the daily weather forecasts. Spring weather, such as tornadoes and flash floods, develop quickly and require preparation and vigilance,” she added.

Raveena Aulakh is the Star's environment reporter. She is intrigued by climate change and its impact, now and long-term. Follow her on Twitter @raveenaaulakh

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