March 20 (sniffle) was the first official day of spring. It was the day of the spring equinox. (Sniffle!) It is the day that when the sun crosses the celestial equator and night and day are equal in length. It is also the beginning of spring allergy season (Achoo!).read more
Welcome to the Almanac's blog on weather. Evelyn Browning-Garriss and James Garriss are historical climatologists who help us understand how weather affects our lives--from extreme weather events to the price of our grocery bills. They share the "lighter" side of weather, too, from rainbows to raining critters. If you love to watch the sky, bookmark this page!
March 9, 2012
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February 8, 2012
If you are basking in unusually warm weather this February 14, you may be enjoying an old-fashioned Valentine’s Day. According to some experts, during the Middle Ages, spring began in mid-February!read more
February 5, 2012
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January 2, 2012
Despite a cool La Niña shaping global weather, here in North America the weather has been amazingly warm. Winter weather sulked in the West and refused to move east. Indeed, the weather got so strange that on Christmas there was more snow in El Paso, Texas, on the Mexican border, than in Toronto, Canada!
It has been very weird weather for a La Niña.read more
December 16, 2011
December 11, 2011
Hurricane force winds slammed the coast! On December 2, fierce winds toppled trees, ripped up power lines and smashed through cities. A new tropical storm? No. Welcome to sunny California and the Santa Ana winds.
In the East Coast, the Atlantic Hurricane season just ended. People could breathe a sigh of relief. On the West Coast, however, the windy season is just reaching its peak. These winds are hot, dry, blasts from the mountains, not the flooding storms of the tropics.read more