Maybe Not As Cold As We Thought?March 30th, 2009 by Matthew Leach
We’ve seen a lot of abnormal cold this winter season, but in the grand scheme of things was it really THAT cold or are we just too darn sensitive? The NOAA has released the winter 2008-2009 temperature anomalies map which covers December-February.
Looking at the colored legend below the US map, there was
a clear dichotomy this winter between the north and south. But if
you look closely at the little Kitsap Peninsula on the
above map, you can make out a -1.0 to -1.5 temperature departure
from normal. That’s actually pretty cold, but after going through a
few arctic blasts this past season even I was fooled into thinking
we were even colder than that.
I’m sure no one is complaining that we weren’t colder than the map shows, but for those who haven’t had enough of the cool weather, Mother Nature is all on top of it.
Today was a mostly cloudy day, and for those who are saying: “Hey, but I saw some sunbreaks this afternoon!” click here for my definition of what makes a partly sunny day and mostly cloudy day. Tomorrow will be partly sunny after some morning rain. The Olympic Rain Shadow will be our friend again and shield us from most of the precipitation. Highs will be near 50º—about 5 degrees below normal.
Wednesday will be a pretty wet, cold, and cloudy day with highs in the mid to upper 40s. But fear not! The sun returns Thursday afternoon through most of the weekend before rain showers move back in Sunday evening.
How are the mountains doing? Lovely. A lot of snow is on the menu right now with a Winter Storm Warning posted for the North Central Cascades. Lesser amounts are expected over the Olympics.
Have a great evening!
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