April 2017: Snow to Summer-Like Heat
For those who did not enjoy the cold spells that March brought, April provided some relief as warmer weather made a comeback. Wintry weather from the end of March did spill into the beginning of the month, however, but this was the last major winter storm to affect the Northeast. And while New England dealt with snow, sleet, and freezing rain, the rest of the region experienced mostly rain. In the end, April ended up 3 – 6 degrees above normal with quite a few warm-ups, especially during the second and third week.
March 2017: Where did Spring Go?
Where on Earth did spring go? That was the question most people across the Northeast probably asked after coming off such an incredibly warm February, especially in those last two weeks of the month. Heading into meteorological spring, it felt as if winter was indeed leaving us but never underestimate Old Man Winter because he came back with a vengeance.
Inauguration Weather History
With rain in the forecast this Friday, Inauguration Day is likely to run not too far above average on both the precipitation and temperature front. Naturally we have to ask, how does Inauguration normally fair? As we dig back in time, an interesting mix of weather is revealed on this day despite being in the heart of meteorological winter.
The Weather & Voter Turn Out
When it comes to politics and the public, a favorite talking point that comes up often is how the weather may be affecting voters heading to the polls. For instance, the Iowa caucuses last February were spared from a blizzard that hit the day after, dumping up to a foot of snow. Some in the media questioned how different the results could have been had it moved in earlier. As a political connoisseur and a meteorologist, this always piqued my interest. One has to ask with the presidential election now in full swing; do rain and snow really affect a voter’s decision to hit the polls?