12:26pm

Wed March 14, 2012
WX Service Says Sixth Warmest Winter on Record

Unusual Winter, Unusual Spring

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee isn't the only part of the country enjoying unusually warm temperatures. Golfers are already hitting the links in Minnesota.

From the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic coast, areas where residents are normally bundled up against the cold in March are enjoying clear skies and temperatures in the 70s.

Forecasters say spring is early and here to stay.

The National Weather Service says the weather pattern is a random, normal fluctuation and can be attributed in part to a La Nina pattern in the Pacific Ocean.

Nashville office Weather Service Meteorologist Jason Wright says Middle Tennessee’s spring may also be on the abnormal side.

"The more you get toward the Tennessee/Kentucky border and into Kentucky, it's probably an above chance of precipitation above normal. For the temperatures, we're looking at slight tendency to be above normal on temperatures."

Wright says this winter in Middle Tennessee was the sixth warmest on record.