Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Chilling, In More Ways Than One

From AccuWeather: Three of Next Five Winters Could be as Cold or Colder
This winter is on track to become the coldest for the nation as a whole since the 1980s or possibly even the late 1910s. According to Chief Long Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi, three or four out of the next five winters could be just as cold, if not colder.

As for now, looking at all my weather sources here in "The Edge of the City Weather Center," it seems like we are in a bit of a lull when it comes to the snow. We may even be getting a touch of Spring which is quite appropriate because of today's latest Groundhog Day news. It's not like it will be warm or anything, but the weekend storm which looked like it would bring snow just a week ago is now looking like more rain and sleet. So, there is a trend towards a bit warmer. And the second half of February is expected to be even warmer than that (Washington D.C. is expected to reach 70 degrees before the end of this month!)

However, what is beyond that - in March - is likely a return to snow and cold as we have to endure the last gasp of Winter before Spring.

5 P.M. UPDATE: Boy, things can change quickly. I just saw one forecaster who is now predicting 3 storms through next week! The one on Saturday - which may have snow with it after all - followed by one Tuesday, and then possibly a big one next Friday, the 11th.

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