As another wintery nor’easter takes aim at the Northeast on Saturday, Feb. 23, weather forecasters are saying that March could turn out to be warmer- and dryer-than-normal for most of the United States.
If you’re like me, you just can’t wait to shake loose from the grasp of a winter that just doesn’t seem to want to let go. Let’s check out the National Weather Service’s outlook for March 2013 and see if there’s warm weather ahead:
A Look Back: February 2013
Everybody who believes in folktales seemed to dance in the streets and shoot off fireworks on Feb. 2. That’s when Punxsutawney Phil, the all-knowing, emerged from his winter estate and failed to see his shadow. Surely, spring was on its way. It seemed like time to break out the baseball gloves, bats and golf clubs.
Then, Mother Nature proclaimed, “Just hold on a minute everybody.”
Thanks to her wrath, daily highs were lower than normal for 13 of the first 22 days in February in South Jersey. Many of us forgot all about our hopes for an early spring. Instead we bundled up and kept our favorite gloves nearby. We silently suffered and wondered, “When will winter end?”
South Jersey residents haven’t received too much snow, but the weather has been chilly, rainy and pretty miserable here most of the time in February. However, residents in New England were blasted with three consecutive weekend snowstorms, including a monster that dropped 40-plus inches on Feb. 10.
But our seemingly raw weather pattern might just be ready to change and just in time, according to the National Weather Service. Sure, we hope, there’s change to come in March.
Major League baseball teams in Arizona will be greeted with warmer than normal and dryer than normal weather, according to the National Weather Service’s March outlook. Back east, however, it’s going to be colder than normal for at least the first seven days.
A weather pattern that fueled enough moisture to create rain storms every three or four days will continue its onslaught on us through the first week of March. Then everything will seem to shift, according to the National Weather Service and long-term weather models.
March 2013: Change is Coming
Soon, the long-term effects of the ongoing severe drought will begin to impact March 2013 weather, according to National Weather Service forecasters. An area of much warmer and much dryer weather will take control over the central part of the United States. Then it will spread east. By the time the month ends, residents in most of the United States this side of the Rocky Mountains will enjoy dryer and warmer conditions than normal.
Unfortunately, the later part of March may be the time for the United States Northwest to get in on the cold-weather fun, according to the National Weather Service. Sorry guys.
South Jersey Outlook For Feb. 22-23
The remains of a low-pressure system that punished areas of the Midwest with blizzard conditions on Thursday, Feb. 21, will weaken as it crawls east. However, it will gain new life as a coastal nor’easter on Saturday, Feb. 23 and deliver rain to areas south of New York City. New England, it seems, will get another round of snow. Sunday should dry out in South Jersey when the weather will be party sunny with temperatures in the 40s.
South Jersey residents won’t dry out just yet. Look for more periods of rain to fall in South Jersey on Feb. 26 and again on March 2.
South Jersey Average Highs, Lows
Just in case you are wondering, normal daily high temperatures start out at about 50 degrees during the beginning of March. February is the month when we climb through the 40s. Daily high temperatures rise through the 50s in March and lift through the 60s in April. May begins our beach weather when daily highs settle in the 70s before we experience 80-degree daily highs in June, July and August.
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