Winter Weather 2015
Despite a series of arctic blasts, blizzards and below average temperatures during the first few months of this year, the winter of 2014-2015 will go down in history as the 19th warmest winter in the past 120 years, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The contiguous United States averaged temperatures that were 2.1-Fahrenheit degrees above average, thanks in large part to warm weather that persisted in the west this winter, giving the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah and Washington their warmest winters since 1895.
Contrast that with the unprecedented low temperatures and snowfall the east coast and, particularly, the city of Boston, Massachusetts experienced in February and the continued snowfall that will undoubtedly break records in the region.
Surges of arctic air have been relentless this winter, creating dangerously cold temperatures throughout a large portion of the eastern and southern United States that caused numerous power outages, hopefully residents who experienced this brutal winter had a backup power generator hooked up to their residents or business. Municipalities in the region chose to close schools and businesses and encourage residents to stay home and off the snow covered, dangerous roadways.
A highway in Kentucky was closed because of slick roads that made it impossible for semi trucks to climb even the slightest incline, which created a line of backed-up traffic that was eventually covered in snow and stuck in place, forcing some people to stay overnight in their cars.
And winter isn’t over yet, since temperatures are expected to be below average east of the Rocky Mountains as another blast of arctic air moves southward over the region, which will undoubtedly bring more freezing temperatures and more unprecedented snowfall to eastern states. The western states continue to experience a relatively mild, warmer than average winter, much to the dismay of those who enjoy shushing down the slopes of western ski resorts.