— carolynryan (@carolynryan) February 26, 2015
I thought this might be photoshopped, but no — that’s ocean slush!
Fortunately, meteorological Spring began on Sunday (March 1st), and Dennis Mersereau at Gawker’s The Vane assures us “This Winter Sucked and It’s on Its Last Gasps, Thank God“:
It’s about time: winter is finally on its way out and warmer temperatures are just around the corner. We still have another week or two of cold weather to get through in the east, but that’s amateur hour compared to the past three months. This winter was like a weird, climatic rap feud between east and west…(via The Vane Gawker.com)
Folks in the western United States will remember the winter as the warmest they can remember. Depending on their level of self-awareness, some westerners will declare this winter absolutely gorgeous, while others will acknowledge it for the slow-motion drought and impending fire disaster that it really is. The drought keeps getting worse, and drought breeds drought in the feedback cycle from hell. Warm, dry air sitting over parched ground and dead vegetation will lead to a rough fire season if the pattern doesn’t change in the next month or two.
In the grand scheme of things, we may have frozen our butts off on the East Coast for a few weeks of the season, but the West Coast borrowed their “nice” weather on credit. If history is any guide, we’ll remember this winter as being worse out west because of the interest they’ll have to pay over the summer…
Technical explanations & more charts at the link.
You guys west of the Mississipppi have my condolences. Or you will, once the godsdamned snowpiles here finally melt away, sometime around Memorial Day. (We’re just 3.8″ short of the all-time snowfall record, and the weather incidents predicted for tonight & Thursday will probably fail by some frustrating tiny fraction to push it over, because the official tally is taken at Logan Airport out in the harbor.)