Sunday, March 24, 2013

Weather Rewind: March 17-23, 2013

Temperatures last week averaged 5.6 degrees below average in the region, with only Tuesday featuring any above average temperatures. A cold week as temperatures struggled to hit 40 on Thursday and struggled to get much above 40 on Sunday and Monday thanks to a cold pattern in the eastern half of the country.  Besides the cold, it was rather windy as nearly every day over the course of the week featured an average wind speed over ten miles per hour.  Brisk weather was the rule, not the exception.

We picked up just over two thirds of an inch of precipitation on Monday night and early Tuesday -- most of it rain in Philadelphia, but it was mixed with sleet and snow as well.  To the city's north and west, accumulating snow on the order of an inch or two was common in Monday's storm system.  Flurries and snow showers darted through the picture on Thursday and Friday, not doing much other than adding chilled insult to injury. Some coating type amounts on grassy surfaces occurred on Thursday, especially near the Shore.

Nationally, the past two weeks have been colder than average for most everyone east of the Rocky Mountains.  The coldest to average has resided over Minnesota and North Dakota, with daily average temperatures running on the order of fifteen or more degrees colder than average.  Locally, we're running around three degrees colder for the past two weeks -- hardly record setting or anything extraordinary but a huge difference compared to last year.