Winter has ended…..

…….at least, according to the meteorological calendar.

Meteorological spring begins on March 1. Yes, that’s not the same as the equinox, but the longer days and warmer temperatures are nonetheless evident by the time March arrives. In fact, high temperatures are expected to jump nearly 20 degrees from Saturday to Sunday.

February was a wet month for Wichita and the surrounding area, thanks to the two heavy snows within the span of a week late in the month. As it is, last month was the snowiest in Wichita history, with 21.2 inches of snow recorded at the National Weather Service.

Here’s an NWS map showing precipitation totals for the month.

It snowed on five days in February and rained on four others. The warmest day of the month was 69 on the 17th, with the lowest high being 28 on the 22nd. So those extremes came less than a week apart.