Switching Gears to Summer
As winter takes its final breaths, our minds begin to switch gears in anticipation for the warm season ahead. Whether it means preparing the mowers for landscaping or just putting away the shovels and plows, we find ourselves running through the to-do list to get set for the big year ahead.
Northeast U.S. Final Freeze Stats
Now that the final snow events of the winter season are mostly behind us, most are transitioning into warm season operations. As the winter and spring season battle it out, these early weeks of spring can be especially frustrating for landscapers. Mother Nature often “tricks” sprouting flowers with warm and sunny days only to be followed by a hard freeze overnight. However, by definition, the growing season does not officially begin until we have seen our last freeze of the winter. But when does that typically happen? See the chart below to find out.
Compare 2017-18 Snowfall to Climatology
Well, how did you like that winter? To say the least, it was a pretty unusual end to the season with snowstorms increasing in frequency heading into March and even lingering into early April. In fact, some monthly snowfall amounts for March 2018 even cracked the top 5 snowiest in recorded history for the month.
How Radar can be Misleading
What’s my relationship with radar? Well, sometimes it has trouble putting the pieces together, and other times it blows things out of proportion. It plays games by saying it’s in a certain spot when it isn’t, and even stands me up on occasion by not bothering to show up! Like most relationships, we go through ups and downs; and while there are many great points to using radar, there is also a good deal that can elude the interpreter.
March 2018: Temperature Swings & Broken Records
The first day of March marks the start of meteorological spring and while the month began warmer than average in the Midwest, many of us were fooled into believing that warmer days were here to stay. It didn’t take long for a roller coaster of up and down temperature swings to unfold, bringing with it sporadic snow storms and a few record breaking precipitation events.
Spring? Are You There?!
What a tease February was in its final week when temperatures soared into the 60s and 70s across the entire Northeast! As we know now though, the party did not last long as winter came roaring back for seconds not even a week into the month of March. For those hoping for a smooth transition into spring, well, the pattern just was not your friend.
Why Was March 2018 So Active?
Winter in the Mid Atlantic and Northeast in some ways saved its best for last. The earlier half of the season had its moments, but it simply did not compare to what March ultimately brought. So what created such an active finish?
Do You Maximize Your Outdoor Work Potential?
We have been experiencing a wild late winter stretch of weather with the record warmth in late February to the active wintry pattern during the start of March. Although winter is certainly not over yet, the official start of the spring season is only a month and a half away. As many landscape, paving and construction companies know, it is never too early to start thinking about the warm weather.
Do You Remember... Chicago's March '17 Heavy Lake Effect?
The 2016 winter season started on point in Chicago after what was an above average snowfall for the month of December. At no point after Christmas Day, however, did Chicago have one inch of snow on the ground as the Windy City turned silent for January and February of 2017. That would soon change in mid-March as a winter storm rolled into the Midwest.
January/February 2018: Quite the Roller Coaster!
As the ball dropped in Times Square in New York City, the temperature was a whopping..9 degrees under clear skies. Quite chilly! Up and down the coast the Northeast rang in 2018 in the single digits, and in many other cases, below zero. Despite this frigid pattern that held early in January, it has been rather tumultuous over the past two months. Let’s dig in.