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December 1 marks the beginning of meteorological winter. Meteorological winter is comprised of December, January and February.
I always chuckle to myself on Memorial Day weekend when many flock to the beach and shiver in the ocean. The ocean temperature is about fifty four degrees as opposed to about fifty two on Memorial Day.
This winter there will not be a El Nino or La Nina. It looks like a La Nada winter this year. These winters are very difficult to predict.
Getting snow in November is rare, but not unheard of. National and Dulles Airports both average around an inch of snow in a typical November - making the "Veteran's Day" storm totals one for the record books.
Most of us have already planted mums, bought pumpkins and put out hay to get ready for fall. We have not yet had a frost warning for the immediate Metro Area yet and with high approaching seventy Friday frost warnings are still a ways off.
On this date in 1979 the earliest measureable snowfall was recorded at National with three tenths of an inch. Twelve inches fell in parts of West Virginia. It was also Logan airport's earliest snow in Boston with two tenths of an inch.
It's been more like summer this week but the process of the leaves changing color is still occurring. Frost and cold air are often thought of as the reasons the leaves turn color every fall. It's not the frost or the cold air but rather the inability to replenish Chlorophylls (which occurs a few weeks before the first frost).
I haven't seen any hummingbirds at my feeder for over a week now. These bird are said to follow insects south in the Fall as they begin their migration. Hummingbirds are beginning the process of returning to Central and South America, Mexico as well as the Caribbean.
We close the book on September with another gorgeous day with highs in the mid seventies. The headlines for September 2013 are: average in temps but well below average in rainfall.
On this date in 1985 Hurricane Gloria passed forty five miles east of Cape Henry, Virginia en route to Long Island and Connecticut. At one time 2.2 million people were without power from Maryland to Massachusetts.
It has been ten years since hurricane Isabel pounded the southeast and the Mid-Atlantic. Winds were clocked well over fifty mph in the Metro Area, the Bay Bridge was closed and 1.4 million were without power.
Although the hurricane season this year has been eerily quiet today is the most likely to have a hurricane.
Katrina was the last 'major' hurricane to hit the United States. It's difficult to believe that happened eight years ago. No major hurricane has made landfall since.
Hummingbirds will soon head south to Mexico and central America so let's fatten them up before they leave. Many do not make it.
September marks the beginning of meteorological fall. Average high and lows continue to drop off a pretty good clip. This September there is a lot see in the heavens.
On this date in 2011 we were saying our goodbyes to Irene but on this same date in 2008 we were keeping a mindful eye on hurricane Gustav.
I used to live in Oklahoma City, Edmond actually from May of 1994 through October of 1997. I worked in "tornado alley" at KOCO-TV.
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