It has been a long, cold winter in the Boston area, but while some warmer days are ahead, seasonal lag may be more pronounced than usual this spring.
Temperatures during the last three months have averaged 2.1 degrees below normal around Boston. During the past several months, nearly one and a half times the average amount of snow has fallen with 58.6 inches of snow so far, compared to a normal to date of 40.0 inches.
Seasonable temperatures are in store into Saturday. The normal average high for Boston for this weekend is 47 F.
Moving forward over the next couple of weeks, the weather will offer more setbacks for folks wanting warmth and to end their relationship with winter gear.
While the waters of the Atlantic tend to slow the progression of seasons around the area, the spring warmup is likely to be delayed a bit more by persistent outbreaks of air from Canada.
Another storm is being watched for possible snow during the middle of next week over the Northeast. However, at this early stage, the track, the dividing line between rain and snow and the magnitude of the storm are uncertain.
It may not be until the middle of April before the region experiences temperatures on par with average levels on a more regular basis. Temperatures trend upward by about 1 degree F every three days during March and April.
The stage is for severe thunderstorms to target parts of the Ohio Valley as the weekend comes to an end.
Rounds of rain will bring good news for unusually dry portions of the northeastern United States to start May.
Residents of the southeastern United States may feel like the calendar has flipped ahead to Memorial Day weekend with warm and muggy weather in place for the start of May.
A stormy pattern will persist across the western Gulf Coast into early May, threatening to trigger more flooding from Texas to Mississippi through at least Monday.
May is picking up where April left off with record-challenging warmth surging back into the northwestern United States.
Those looking to traveling or spending the bank holiday outdoors across the United Kingdom will face bouts of rain and wind, but dry conditions will follow by midweek.
Quanah, TX (1993)
Golf ball-sized hail piled up 4" deep.
New England (1854)
Great New England flood. Steady rain for 66 hours -- crest at Hartford 28', 10-1/2", highest ever known to that time, but exceeded in 1936.
Cape Lookout (1883)
Storm tide swept over island, drowning sheep and cattle.