These days, all Maine meteorologists are chatting about the cold and the potential snow that will come along with it.

There are at least two more chances; Friday, then Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. A system will be sneaky close over the weekend, too, but right now it is expected to stay just offshore.

But for the purpose of this blog, I thought it may be time to look beyond the cold and snow, and search for any signs of spring.

This is the current pattern. You don’t need to be a meteorologist to know that map is loaded with cold air. The airmass building over Canada right now is unusually cold for this time of year. Don’t forget: The April sun angle is equivalent to early September!

Image: WeatherBELL

It will take a while to break down a chilly pattern of this magnitude. While in the next 7 to 10 days signs of spring are limited, there appears to be some hope.

Keep an eye on late next week and next weekend, roughly from April 13 to April 16.


While we don’t have model consensus on this yet, the European model is hinting at a warm-up.

It may only be for a day or two, but it’s something to set our sights on.


Image: WeatherBELL

With each passing day, our average temperatures are going up. The average high is around 50 degrees now. In the current pattern we’ve been in, just an “average” day with the strong April sun feels nice!

We have a chance to surpass the average, but again, that doesn’t arrive until late next week.

Until then, keep the winter coats and shovels handy. You may need them once or twice.

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