Wednesday Is the First Day of Spring
The day marks the end of a relatively mild winter and start of a chilly week.
Spring arrives officially at 7:02 a.m. Wednesday (March 20), and with cold winds blowing off a 41-degree bay and ocean, the day promises to feel a lot like winter.
But for many in Ocean City, the new season holds the promise of better things to come. The countdown to the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend — the start of the traditional summer season in Ocean City — is down to just 66 days.
Half-price sales on tickets for Ocean City Boardwalk rides, a sure harbinger of spring, are opening this week. Easter events in Ocean City (March 30-31) will be followed by the annual Doo Dah Parade Weekend (April 13-14).
Wednesday's weather forecast calls for sun but a high temperature of only 47 degrees, and highs are not expected to top 50 degrees for at least another week. It promises to be a chilly start to the spring.
And the arrival of spring caps off a winter that was not particularly cold or snowy. Here the stats for December through February (from Atlantic City International Airport)..
|February 2013||Normal for February|
|Avg. High Temp.||42.4||44.3|
|Avg. Low Temp.||25.9||26.4|
|January 2013||Normal for January|
|Avg. High Temp.||43.5||41.5|
|Avg. Low Temp.||26.7||24.5|
|December 2012||Normal for December|
|Avg. High Temp.||51.4||46.0|
|Avg. Low Temp.||34.5||28.4|