It has been a long, cold winter in the New York 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 2.5 degrees below normal in the New York City area. During the past several months, more than double the average amount of snow has fallen with 57.4 inches of snow so far, compared to a normal to date of 23.8 inches.
A brief spike in warmth is forecast on Saturday, despite a couple of showers. The normal average high for New York City for this weekend is 52 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.
A 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.
Tropical Storm Fred has formed off of the African Coast and will threaten the Cape Verde Islands early this week.
While Erika has weakened to a tropical rainstorm, Florida will still become the target of potentially flooding downpours this week.
A strong storm system moved into Washington on Saturday, delivering powerful winds that lead to widespread damage and power outages.
A push of summer heat and humidity will make its way into the Northeast this week.
While powerful Hurricane Ignacio is expected to pass north of Hawaii early this week, the island chain will not be able to escape all of the impacts.
The 2015 US Open Tennis championships begin Aug.31 and heat and humidity will return for to the Big Apple for the tournament's first week.
Santa Cruz (1929)
Coastal Steamer San Juan (over 2,000 tons) was rammed off Pigeon Point near Santa Cruz, CA by the oil tanker S.C.T. Doss which was proceeding at "excessive speed in fog without sounding fog signals". 70 passengers and crew of San Juan drowned.
East Coast (1954)
Hurricane Carol hit with the single greatest property loss to date.
Raleigh, NC (1965)
46 degrees -- coldest ever in August.