As many of you know, meteorologist Joe Bastardi with weatherbell.com issued a winter forecast for 2014-2015 last spring. He was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about it and he continues to stand by his forecast for a colder and snowier winter for our region of the country. As you know, I'm not a big fan of long range forecasts, but this guy has been spot-on for a long time now. He was one of the very few who predicted the cold and snowy winter of 2013-2014 and since then he has been on a streak. He nailed this summer too. When a guy has a handle on what's going on in the atmosphere and oceans, you listen. In case you missed the video, I have it below. He is comparing this winter to the winters of 2002/2003 and 2009/2010. It's very important to remember what happened in those winters will NOT happen exactly as it did this winter, but there should be obvious similarities. Also below I'm providing you a look at total snowfall those winters and daily temperatures as well. I CAN'T WAIT! BRING ON THE COLD AND SNOW!!!!! My thoughts are below all the maps and graphics.
|TOTAL SNOWFALL FOR METEOROLOGICAL WINTER OF 2002/2003|
|TOTAL SNOWFALL METEOROLOGICAL WINTER 2009/2010|
IN SUMMARY, EVERY MONTH, EXCEPT DECEMBER 2002 HAD TEMPERATURES BELOW AVERAGE. EVEN THAT DECEMBER WAS ONLY .1 DEGREE ABOVE. THOSE JANUARY'S AND FEBRUARY'S FOR BOTH WINTERS HAD TEMPERATURES WELL BELOW AVERAGE.
AS YOU CAN SEE BY SNOWFALL, IT WAS VERY SNOWY. WE'LL WAIT AND SEE HOW ALL THIS PLAYS OUT, BUT AS I HAVE BEEN SAYING SINCE LAST WINTER, SCHOOLS NEED TO BUILD IN MORE SNOW DAYS INTO THEIR CALENDARS.