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.
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.
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.
Do You Remember...The Storm Of The Century?
Hard to believe that it's been 25 years since the 1993 Storm of the Century impacted the eastern third of the United States. Record snowfall, severe weather, and coastal flooding were the greatest impacts with the storm. Low pressure developed in the Gulf of Mexico on March 12th and quickly deepened as it expanded northward. At its height, the storm stretched from eastern Canada to Honduras in Central America! The storm finally dissipated over the North Atlantic on March 15.
Heart of 2018 Winter: A Wild Pattern of Ups and Downs in the Midwest
In many ways, the heart of 2018 winter that encompassed January and February was a wild ride of ups and downs in terms of both temperature and precipitation in the Midwest. While Chicago saw a significant increase in snowfall as compared to the prior year, it was mild weather and flooding rains that stole much of the headlines toward the end of the period in the Ohio Valley. There was plenty of significant weather to talk about, with a good deal of broken records as well.
A MUCH SNOWIER CHICAGO:
Cold Weather, Hypothermia, and Frostbite
While weather can be exciting or a nuisance (depending on which season you are fond of…), it can also be quite dangerous. In light of the recent brutal cold stretches we’ve had across the eastern half of the U.S., it becomes pertinent to talk about hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia, in particular, kills up to 1,500 people in the US every year. While this is a frightening statistic, it is most certainly preventable. So, let’s first delve into some science!