Meteorological Winter

March 16, 2010

Although it can still snow and its not technically spring yet, for all intensive purposes the story of winter 2009-10 has been written.  For those in CT, it was a season of misses for large storms and sustained cold.  However, the farther south one went, the colder and snowier it became. 

In fact, if one expands the view then it is obvious that many parts of the country were colder than normal with record cold along the Gulf Coast (see: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2010/images/divisionaltrank200912_201002.gif) .  Hence the need for Al Gore to remind us that cold and snow are part of the global warming pattern!

The winter temperature and precipitation anomaly maps for New England reveal that the period December through February in CT was warmer and wetter than normal.  Maps from the Northeast Regional Climate Center.