Winter Retreat?

A few days into 2008 everyone was wondering if winter would ever arrive. Persistent cold weather had yet to move in and snow was not an issue. 11 of the first 14 days of January recorded high temperatures that were above the 30 year seasonal average. Two of those days reached 70 for the high.

Cold weather finally hit on January 15 and 9 out of the next 12 days registered colder than average temperatures. On the 17th of January, a storm produced 2 to 5 inches of snow in the area and it looked like winter had finally arrived in earnest. It has been cold enough that remnants of that snow are still visible this weekend.

It looks like today starts a turnaround with temperatures heading up. The average high for the end of the month remains in the low 40s and the forecast for the coming week is calling for high temperatures at or above that mark. It may even get close to 50 on a couple of days.

The end of winter? Not really. There is still plenty of time for another invasion or two of arctic air. Enjoy the milder temperatures while we have them.

John Collins


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