Many East Texans have noted to me how warm it has been this spring. It has been unseasonably warm, indeed, with temperatures running about seven to ten degrees above normal in both our nighttime lows and our afternoon highs.
It should be noted, however, that the warmth we have experienced over the past month or so does not even measure up to what we saw last year.
Keep in mind that we have yet to hit 90° so far in 2012. At this time last year, we had already hit or exceeded the 90° mark ten times. Those ten occurrences took place in April 2011, due in large part to the severe drought that was gripping East Texas and most of the state.
Our wet winter and spring have kept enough moisture in the soils to offset some of the warming that has taken place in the past several weeks.
So while 90° days are inevitable as we head through the month of May, it by no means comes close to matching the unseasonably warm weather and record highs that we saw last year.
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