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.
Following thunderstorms, cooler settles into the Midwest and Northeast through Midweek.
One person is dead, and another remains critically injured after a lightning strike in Southern California.
Relief is on the way for portions of the Plains that are in the grips of the ongoing drought.
People across the Northeast will be reaching for their umbrellas on Monday as rain and thunderstorms spread across the region.
Heavy rain will aim for eastern France, southern Germany and northern Italy early this week.
Severe storms brought damaging winds, hail, flooding downpours and possibly tornadoes across the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic Sunday and early Monday.
5-12" of rain north of Denver led to serious flash flooding (28th-29th). 108 mobile homes were destroyed and 481 others were damaged in Ft. Collins. 5 people were killed and 40 others injured.
Sharon, PA (1999)
70 mph wind gus in a thunderstorm.
Small but intense storm, said to be the worst in about 50 years, hit southern Mississippi (where Camille hit in 1969). U.S. Coast Guard cutter lost with 39 aboard.