40s Remain in no Short Supply

By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON
By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON

Cold air has been at a premium so far this winter! There has yet to be an occurrence of a sub-zero temperature here this winter, while history suggests that on average, we should have seen 12 such days by now! Just once before has there been a winter in which we've gone this long in the winter without a sub-zero temperature! The winter of 2001-02 waited until March 3 and 4 to produce the first (and only) sub-zero temps of the season! Historically, we'd expect another two sub-zero overnight lows from here on out, so we're not done just yet!

That said, it's not imminent by any means! The coldest temperature in my seven day forecast is a 23-degree low temperature Saturday morning!

Meantime, our 43° high temperature Monday makes it day number 6 in a row at 40° or higher, and our 37th overall since December 1! Both numbers are likely to grow through Thursday, before a brief break in the mild spell.

Mild temperatures have been in no short supply this winter. Since December 1, 87% of our days have featured high temperatures of 30° or above! There have been just ELEVEN days in which the temperature has failed to reach 30° here! Amazing!!! Furthermore, 45% of the days here have reached 40° since December 1, and that number may very well get close to 50% by month's end!

Though mild, the pattern this week is to be an active one, with several chances for precipitation sprinkled in over the next seven days. Snowflakes are likely to fly in a few of these instances, though with the temperatures predicted to be well above freezing for the next week, don't expect any robust accumulations... and any accumulations that do arrive will only be around for a matter of hours, not days!


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