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What is going on with this NE winter weather?

Old 02-14-15, 09:52 PM
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What is going on with this NE winter weather?

This is the fourth out of five winters with way below normal temperatures. Plus the far NE is getting lots of snow. The only time temperatures get above average in the mid Atlantic it rains.
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Old 02-14-15, 10:43 PM
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look on the bright side. a few more even more abnormally low winters and the this one may be above normal.
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It only seems bad because we've had decades of warm winters. Go back a few decades and the NE ski centers had snow starting Thanksgiving and lasting through March, without needing any snowmaking equipment. Like wise NYC winters were colder and snowier than all but the last few.
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It definitely has been the worst winter for road cycling in recent memory. It's not simply the cold, which can be overcome with clothing. It's the icy and unsafe road conditions (at least in my area). I am still recovering from crash over a "surprise" ice patch (likely driveway runoff freezing on the road).

Today's weather stinks and the 10 day outlook does not look good either.
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Call it climate change if you want.
I don't ride outside once the snow and ice come, but at this rate it will be May before it melts
We have had no melt between storms, I'm running out of places to put it.
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Old 02-15-15, 06:40 AM
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We exited the NE after the two horrific winters of '77 and '78 limiting our exposure to a total of 7.5 years while in grad school and suffering through a first job. That was more than enough for us. Toward the end of that time in January of '78 I had a conference back in our home town of New Orleans. I waded through the snow to get from Wilmington to the Philly airport and barely made the plane. Then I got off the plane around 9:00 PM and was driving to my mother-in-laws to visit for a little while. I passed about 10 folks playing tennis outdoors at a club along the highway in the 70 degree F evening weather and said to myself, "What's wrong with this picture, you dummy?" That did it. After a 20 mile, two hour trip home from the Philly airport in another snow storm at the end of the trip I went into work the next day and called New Orleans employer I knew had an opening. We were relocated within the month. When the new employer wanted to promote me and move us back to CT in '81, I said, "Sayonara," and moved to Houston with a new, much better company where we have been ever since. Being on the Gulf Coast was important to us, but we had learned that being in the old home town...well, not so much.

This stuff comes in waves. If you are committed to the region, well you have to tough it out until you get a break. We weren't and didn't. The problem is that global warming is playing games with the usual weather patterns, and who knows what the trends will be over the short term of a few years. Overall global warming could easily mean unusually colder temperatures and more precipitation for the NE USA for a while.

Despite the way my post sounds so far, I do sympathize with you. I know you aren't having a lot of fun right now, and I'm hoping things get better for you soon.

My brother is suffering in Chicago. He is retired and could easily relocate, but is stubbornly holding out. Don't ask me why; I don't know and am smart enough not to inquire. As they say, DSFDF!

Good luck. I do hope it lets up soon.
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Even here, south of the Mason-Dixon line, February has been a disaster. I've ridden ONCE so far this month.....
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
...I waded through the snow to get from Wilmington to the Philly airport .....
Wilmington petty much sucks year round...
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
It definitely has been the worst winter for road cycling in recent memory. It's not simply the cold, which can be overcome with clothing. It's the icy and unsafe road conditions (at least in my area). I am still recovering from crash over a "surprise" ice patch (likely driveway runoff freezing on the road).

Today's weather stinks and the 10 day outlook does not look good either.
Yep. I keep longing for the winter of 2012 which was pretty much uninterrupted riding throughout the winter and much balmier temperatures than we have now.
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Wilmington petty much sucks year round...
I can think of a hundred cities that suck.... and Wilmington is not one of them.
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I think this December was the warmest on record in Philly.
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Wilmington petty much sucks year round...
Wilmington Delaware?

I liked living there just fine.
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Granted, it could be worse...like Altoona PA
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I've been unable to pedal a single stroke in over a month but the skiing has been excellent.
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I don't know about the north east but I'm on the NC/SC border and it's freaking 18 degrees right now. 18. Stop the madness.
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We are having a very mild winter in the PNW. I have been able to ride a lot (for winter), and often it's been so dry I ride my good bike! Hammered out 33 miles of hills yesterday. It's nice to be in good shape in February!

Climate change... I'm not sure what the future holds THERE; nobody is, really. There's mini-cycles, macro cycles, plain old randomness, and oh yeah all those greenhouse gasses we've dumped into the equation. Interesting times, as the Chinese curse puts it.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Wilmington Delaware?

I liked living there just fine.
Nice town yeah. Lovely folks. Home for us Gulf Coasters, not so much.
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Just heard that January, 2015 was the second hottest on record globally. Go figure.
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This is the fourth out of five winters with way below normal temperatures. Plus the far NE is getting lots of snow. The only time temperatures get above average in the mid Atlantic it rains.
If it makes you feel any better, it's been 50 to 60 F in Seattle most of this "winter" and the Olympic Mountains have 3 % of their normal snowpack for this time of year. Our snowpack is usually deepest in April so this is really disturbing.

Last year we didn't get any snow until Feb and then got about 80 % of normal in one big dump. Long range forecast for this year is warm and dry; we'll get a couple of flurries but there just won't be snow this year.

I've already done some longer rides in a short-sleeve t shirt. Had to go all the way to the Methow to ski.
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Nice town yeah. Lovely folks. Home for us Gulf Coasters, not so much.
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Is it spring yet??
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Is it spring yet??
The groundhog did in fact see his shadow this year so that means about another month of winter.
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It's easy to look at short term pattern and wonder what's going on, but that's tricky. Plus you have "scare weather" media exaggerating cold or wet weather to make it newsworthy. here in NY I have to go to the weather underground to get actual low temps because others prefer the lower more "dangerous" wind chill numbers.

Yes, thinking back over the decades, this is a brutally cold February, but December and January were very mild, so this is sort of payback. I'll venture that when the totl season's "degree days" are counted we'll find that this was a pretty average to mild winter.
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We'd have perfect weather all the time if you selfish climate deniers would just send Al Gore more of your money!

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Yes, thinking back over the decades, this is a brutally cold February, but December and January were very mild, so this is sort of payback. I'll venture that when the totl season's "degree days" are counted we'll find that this was a pretty average to mild winter.
It depends on where you live. The NW has had warm and very dry weather. The mid Atlantic had a chilly (below average) January and the potential to have the coldest February ever. Right now it's the 3rd coldest and there are several more very cold days in sight. 2014 for the U.S. was a good bit below average on the whole and so far 2015 looks colder.
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