Climate-gate notwithstanding, this is the warmest winter I've ever experienced in BostonSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 12:55
December 3, 2009
Today it's 68 degrees outside, sunny and windy like a March day. This is my fifth winter in Boston, and it has never been this warm this late in the year. It just hasn't gotten cold this year.
In 2005, the first winter I spent here, there was a record snowfall - something like 36" in one day! It was pretty awesome, since I'm not used to snow, having grown up in Seattle. And my recollection of that year was that it was always cold - down in the teens and twenties, and there was snow on the ground at Thanksgiving.
But each successive year here has been warmer and with less snow. And ironically, Seattle seems to have gotten more snow than Boston last year.
We did have one wild snow day this year in October, before Halloween. You might have seen it on TV during the Patriots game, when they stomped the Titans, 59-0. But it was warm, the flakes were huge, and it didn't stick around. I thought it was a precursor to a super cold, snowy winter, but so far it has yet to pan out. The weather has been downright balmy, and I don't think its been below freezing yet this winter.
I'll probably bring on the worst blizzard since '78 for writing this, I'm sure. But what the heck.
What I'm really interested in is: How's the weather in your neck of the woods, and is it normal or abnormal for this time of year?