Where is spring?

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Lilacs and other flowering shrubs are a little late this year.
LEWISTON - Even though it is well into May, it has been feeling more like March outside, leaving many in the Northwest wondering where spring is.

The trees may be blooming, but we've seen few days above 60 degrees. UI meteorologist Dr. John Abatzoglou says it appears winter is having a hard time letting go.

"Temperatures in April were between 4 and 8 degrees below normal, resembling what we would typically expect in March, with many locations actually seeing their coolest April in 30 to 50 years," said Abatzoglou.

Abatzoglou says in the LC Valley there were only 3 days in April that could be considered "normal" spring temperatures. And he says the notorious La Nina we've heard so much about may be to blame for leaving the Northwest in the cold and southwestern states out to dry.

"So this is really a rain check on spring in a number of different ways. And the regime that we've been in for the past 10 to 12 weeks has been very consistent with the La Nina that we've seen this winter."

But Abatzoglou says it's not all bad. He says spring snowpack in many areas is 50-percent above normal. That and cooler temps will help as we move into summer and wildfire season.

"And I think finally it's very important for us to remember that old phrase, April showers bring May flowers." said Abatzoglou.