wherefore art thou Winter?Posted: January 31, 2012
I may be biased, since I’m from Massachusetts and was therefore born with a love for a) snow and b) the Red Sox, but here in the DC region, this winter has been obscenely mild. We knew this was coming – the Capital Weather Gang warned us that La Nina (among other things) would keep the snow away. I wanted to do a quick comparison to January of last year, to see just how weird January 2012 has been, so I grabbed some data from AccuWeather and plotted it up:
January 2011: average 39.7 F, stdev 7.1 F
January 2012: average 49.2 F, stdev 10 F
Highest high: 68 in 2012 (compared to 59 in 2011)
low high: 28 in 2011 (compared to 32 in 2012)
Yes, I realize this is only a 2-year comparison, and yes, I realize there are people that do these kinds of comparisons for a living, and do them better, but it’s still interesting to note that this January felt warmer and more variable than last, and in fact, it was. And while I do miss the snow, I admit that I also enjoy lunchtime bike rides, so off I go!