Pros and cons to warm and cool weather pattern

MASON CITY, IA – While some people are tired of the high and low temps, there are some positives.

“I can’t wait for it to be warm again honestly,” says UNI student Brianna Lewerke.

Which is how many of us are feeling as we look ahead at this weeks forecast, but the pattern between warm and cool weather isn’t always a bad thing.

One meteorologist from the National Weather Service says this way we don’t have to worry so much about flooding.

“It would be positive if you had a number of slow freeze and thaw cycles rather than just a quick warm up because if you warm everything up at once you would lose your snow cover rapidly and say you had rain on top of that, that would more likely cause the stretch for flooding to increase,” says Roger Vachalek.

So that’s one positive, but experts say, there is a negative side to the pattern.

“I guess from a psychological standpoint, most people would rather see it warm up and stay there when you get a taste of spring and then suddenly it gets cold again, we all tend to have a frown on our face for a day or two,” added Vachalek.

Brianna Lewerke is one of those people. She enjoys exercising outside, and even over her spring break she didn’t have a chance to do that.

“I came home for spring break, expecting there to be some spring in spring break but it’s been cold every day I’ve wanted to run outside. I haven’t even had a chance to run outside yet,” says Lewerke.

She is among many who would rather step outside their front door to get a good sweat going.

“Having to drag myself to the gym has been hard when it’s so cold and you don’t want to go all the way across town and you don’t want to have to drive to the gym so, it’s been a long winter,” she says.

The thawing and freezing is also hard on our roadways and construction workers are still waiting for that frost level to go down so they can dig.

There is another positive; snowmobilers had an extended season this year.

No matter which way you look at it, Mother Nature will take her course.

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