Published March 27, 2013
For those living in regions that are still feeling the effects of winter well into spring, it may seem hard to believe that around this time last year heat records were being shattered across the country.
Last year at this time, less than 8 percent of the country had snow cover.
This year, nearly half of the nation is covered with snow.
"What a difference a year makes!" writes AccuWeather's Jesse Ferrell. "This time last year, I had flowers blooming, leaves budding, green grass and weeds growing in my yard here in Central PA! Today, I've got nothing but snow."
Last year the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., saw the peak bloom on March 20. This year the peak is anticipated to fall somewhere between April 3 and 6.
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