Meteorology

Spring Could Pack A Punch...When It Finally Arrives

College of DuPage Meteorology Professor Paul Sirvatka is ready to track the severe weather that comes with a spring warm up

College of DuPage Meteorology Professor Paul Sirvatka is ready to track the severe weather that comes with a spring warm up

It seems like every winter, there comes a time when First Light host Brian O’Keefe begins to wonder if spring will ever arrive. With a fresh coating of snow on his driveway this week, that question renewed itself. So Brian stopped by the College of DuPage Meteorology lab to visit with professor Paul Sirvatka. They talked about this winter, the up coming severe weather season, and Brian asked if there’s going to be a spring warm up anytime soon

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What Happened to Spring?

The calendar page clearly says April, but the National Weather Service forecast reads more like mid to late February. The past week saw cold and windy conditions with more than a few flakes of snow, by the end of the week ahead the afternoon high could be close to 60. In recent weeks, powerful nor’easters slammed the northeast United States, the southern states have seen mild weather, while dry conditions dominate across large sections of the central United States. First Light host Brian O'Keefe stopped by the Meteorology Lab at College of DuPage this week and talked with Meteorology professor Paul Sirvatka to try to get a better understands of what’s going on with the “spring” weather.

College of DuPage Meteorology Professor Paul Sirvatka in a classroom adjacent to the Meteorology Lab

College of DuPage Meteorology Professor Paul Sirvatka in a classroom adjacent to the Meteorology Lab