Winter's abrupt end
* Glorious stretch of weather ahead: Full Forecast *
After crushing us December through February, winter has gone away with barely a whimper this March. So far this month, we've reached 50 or better every day except March 2, 3 and 4 -- that's 13 out of 16 days. Recall we hit 50 just once the entire month of February. Last March was much fiercer by comparison, when we only made it to 50 or higher on 6 out of the first 16 days, with a streak of 5 consecutive days in the 40s March 12-16.
Keep reading for more on the rapid switch to above average temperatures this March...
For the last 12 days temperatures have been above average. Even our recent cloudy and cool stretch (Friday through Monday) ended up above average (each day) because of relatively mild nighttime lows. Amazingly, the temperature has not dropped to freezing at National Airport (DCA) the entire month. The last time it hit freezing was Feb. 27 (when it dipped to 31 degrees). Last year on the other hand, we had three straight nights in the teens in early March (March 2-4).
Might we not experience a freeze the entire month of March at DCA? It's possible, as mild weather is expected for the next five days. On the other hand, there is some indication of a shot of cold air next week.
For those who consider winter over according to the meteorological definition of March 1, this year's weather certainly supports that notion based on the observed weather of March 1-16 and the forecast weather of March 17-20. By the time astronomical spring (i.e., the equinox) arrives March 20, true winter weather will have long departed. Of course, by saying that, we'll probably get a blast of cold and/or snow to end the month (as in 1891 and 1942: March is fickle)...
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