Age: 18, b-day is 8/27. Graduate of MLK High in Nashville, TN. Attends MU in PA. Loves football, soccer, Frisbee, Scouts, Science Olympiad.
By: Astrometeor , 12:40 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
A bit of a late welcome, but spring has started officially on March 1st 2014 per the weather calendar. And, of course, Mother Nature won't allow us to celebrate yet, she dealt us a winter storm from March 2nd to March 3rd 2014. Some more cold weather to kick off this week, lows can be expected all the way down to 22 degrees here in Middle Tennessee!
And, according to the astronomy calendar, spring started officially 11:57 AM CDT on March 20, 2014. Hopefully we will see a gradual exodus from this cold winter weather.
As always, the Nashville National Weather Service does a general recap of the past winter. For this year, here is what they decided to note:
29th Coldest Winter on Record
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NASHVILLE TN
309 AM CST SUN MAR 2 2014
...METEOROLOGICAL WINTER IN NASHVILLE WAS THE 29TH COLDEST ON RECORD...
THE TEMPERATURE FROM DECEMBER 2013 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2014 AVERAGED 37.6
DEGREES WHICH IS 2.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. DECEMBER WAS ABOVE NORMAL
IN TEMPERATURE BY NEARLY ONE DEGREE WHILE JANUARY AND FEBRUARY WERE
BOTH COLDER THAN NORMAL. THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE DURING THE WINTER
WAS 2 DEGREES ABOVE ZERO AND THE WARMEST WAS 78 DEGREES.THE METEOROLOGICAL
WINTER 2013-14 RANKS AS THE 29TH COLDEST ON RECORD.THE COLDEST TEMPERATURE
DURING THE WINTER WAS 2 DEGREES AND THE WARMEST WAS 78 DEGREES.
ALTHOUGH THIS WINTER WAS COLDER THAN NORMAL THERE HAVE BEEN FOUR
OTHER WINTERS SINCE THE YEAR 2000 THAT HAVE BEEN COLDER...THEY ARE
2010-11...2009-10...2002-03 AND 2000-01. THE COLDEST WINTER ON
RECORD WAS IN 1977-78 AND THE WARMEST WAS IN 1889-90.
SNOWFALL THROUGH FEBRUARY HAS TOTALED 1.4 INCHES. THE AVERAGE
WINTER SNOWFALL SINCE SNOWFALL RECORD KEEPING BEGAN BACK IN THE
WINTER OF 1884-85 IS 8.5 INCHES. OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS IT HAS
BEEN CLOSER TO 6.5 INCHES.
SNOWFALL BY MONTH 2013-14...
NOVEMBER 0.5 INCH
RAINFALL FOR THE WINTER OF 2013-14 TOTALED 15.68 INCHES MAKING IT
ONE OF THE WETTER METEOROLOGICAL WINTERS ON RECORD IN NASHVILLE.
DECEMBER WAS A VERY WET MONTH WITH NEARLY 8 INCHES OF RAIN. JANUARY
WAS BELOW NORMAL WITH 2.61 INCHES...WHILE 5.09 INCHES FELL IN
FEBRUARY...WHICH IS A LITTLE OVER AN INCH ABOVE NORMAL.
THE WETTEST WINTER WAS BACK IN 1881-82 WHEN 27.97 INCHES FELL.
THE DRIEST WINTER WAS IN 1985-86 WHEN 4.76 INCHES FELL.
So, while we had some bitter cold snaps this past winter, overall it wasn't as bad as some global warming deniers would like you to believe. To comically support what I'm saying, here is my (current) favorite xkcd:
Moving on, I sincerely hope that we could have a decent severe weather season this year, along with some warm weather. After having my dreams for a snowy winter crushed by cold, dry air; I would like to have a warm spring to round out my senior year.
Sooner or later the area around me will go into full bloom. One of the prettiest sights of the season, I say. One of the few times when you can enjoy all of the flowers (if you don't have the allergies to match) and greenery without the bugs. Then summer and bugs will come and I'm either indoors or on a grassy field where the bugs are less.
Anyways, welcome to spring! My favorite part is the tornado season...but we have so far had an extremely boring season:
Quoting 483. TropicalAnalystwx13:
The good thing about these endless arctic intrusions is that they have kept tornado activity to a minimum. If we don't see any more touchdowns this month, March 2014 will go down as the slowest March in recorded history/ever.
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