This morning low-land marmot Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, forecasting six more weeks of winter. Though cute, his predictions have been wrong in the previous two years and erratic at best over the past century. Let us see what happens this year on CNN.
- Apparently Phil was lucky with his prediction this year. According to NOAA Online Weather Data available at the Southeast Regional Climate Center, over the six weeks following Groundhog Day, 2014, our average high was 49 °F and the low 28 °F. By contrast, between 2000 and 2014 the average highs for February and March were 69 °F and 79 °F, respectively, and the average lows 16 °F and 22 °F. This year's highs ranged more than 20 degrees below the 14-year averages. We experienced three major snowfalls in this time, the city exhausted its road salt budget for next year, and the school district implemented so many snow days that the school year had to be extended (04/10/2014).
- The groundhog's prediction for this year seems confirmed one more time. We had frost in higher elevations last night, which is unheard of for the second half of May (05/19/2014).
- Alas, 2014 succeeded in becoming the warmest year on record globally, Reuters reports (01/28/2015):