HOUSTON -

Like most of the rest of the country, Houston endured an unusually cold and harsh winter.  George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the official climate reporting station for the city of Houston, recorded 19 days with temperatures at or below freezing.  In a normal winter season, Houston would record only 12 sub-freezing days.

The chill has been a prolonged one, too.  March will mark the sixth straight month with temperatures averaging below normal -- an unusual trend for the area.

To top the winter off, Mother Nature served southeast Texas wintry precipitation, including freezing rain, sleet and snow, on four separate occasions from January to March.

Spring is looking up though -- literally, in terms of temperatures.  Obviously, the weather becomes warmer during spring.  But forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center are actually predicting a change from below-normal temperatures back to above-normal temperatures between April and June. 

Forecasters also predict near-normal rainfall, which could help to continue the trend of drought mitigation in eastern Texas.