The National Weather Service this week confirmed that the meteorological Spring of 2012 was the warmest on record for the area. Official weather and climate records for spring are based on meteorological spring (defined as March 1 - May 31). The average temperature this spring of 62.2 degrees was the warmest on record. The previous warmest spring on record was 1977 (60.7 degrees). Official temperature records for Washington go back to 1872.
A final note regarding the tornadoes from Friday June 1. A total of 11 tornadoes were confirmed (all in Maryland) by survey teams from the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office, Sterling VA. An updated map showing all 11 tornado tracks accompanies this article.
Here in Lorton, as has been the pattern lately, it rained a lot this past week. Rather, it rained frequently, though not very much, which was not the pattern in May. We only got 0.02” of rain this week - we usually get 0.74”. As a result, my garden (consisting of tomatoes and peppers) needed some water from the sprinkler.