Friday, 27 February 2009


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So, you thought spring was really here? Maybe, maybe not.

Bastardi Says End Run of Winter Could Yield Snowstorms

State College, Pa. -- 26 February 2009 -- According to Chief Long-Range Forecaster and Expert Senior Meteorologist Joe Bastardi, it will be a "reluctant spring in areas that have had the hardest winter."

More winter weather is on the way for the Northeast, as a negative North Atlantic Oscillation Pattern (NOA) is "notorious this time of year." A negative NAO leads to storminess along the Eastern Seaboard.

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March and April are predicted to be colder-than-normal months, but by May, the weather will warm above normal across much of the country as true spring finally starts.

He added that several temporary warm-ups will happen for the East Coast in the next few weeks. "Each warm surge that we see in the next couple of weeks won't be the true end of winter," he said.

It will be an early spring for western Texas into Arizona and the southern Rockies.

As for the mid-Atlantic, the region does not average much snow, and Washington, D.C., has had a relatively snowless winter, adding, "We did predict slightly below-normal snowfall for D.C."

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However, Joe does not rule of the possibility of one or two storms to hit the mid-Atlantic before the end of the winter weather season.

The West and southern Plains have suffered from a lack of rainfall, but Joe is optimistic that the regions will have relief in April and May. The Southeast will most likely have a dry pattern much of spring which could cause problems for crops.

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Joe said the Midwest from Minnesota to Chicago and the Northeast from Boston to Youngstown, Ohio, have had the worst of winter so far due to a persistent storm track that has changed very little all winter.
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