Weather: Welcoming Spring

Maya Hardin

Spring in California customarily brings sun, rain, flowers, and allergies. But with climate change altering the weather we ordinarily associate with each season, what should be expected of the spring of 2023?

Normalized California spring weather, specifically in San Jose, is sunny with several days of rain a month. The temperatures rarely fall below 45 degrees Fahrenheit or exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit. According to Weather Spark, “Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 43°F to 82°F and is rarely below 35°F or above 92°F.” This is true, especially for the spring season, which is often not too hot or too cold. 

However, nothing about the weather over the past few months has been “normal.” From one of the hottest weeks in September, to one of the rainiest in January. Who knows what type of weather we will experience in the coming months? Despite the uncertainty, it is predicted that this February will be fairly typical. The high seasonal norm is expected to be around 63 degrees Fahrenheit, with lows not dropping below 45 degrees, the recorded minimum temperature. Climate change might cause the weather to be slightly cooler than before by melting the polar ice caps and therefore sending the cool air toward other regions.

Although the weather is slightly cooler than normal California weather, this is easily rectified by wearing warmer clothing. This spring, shorts and t-shirts should be substituted for pants and jackets. However, depending on preference, they can be worn. Clothes are determined by the person, though the weather does play a part. This cooler weather could mean warmer clothes. So bring out the sweaters!

Overall, climate change does play a role in the weather this 2023 spring, but it shouldn’t change too much. However, as we have seen early this year and late last year, what is expected is not always what we find.

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