February 2015 colder than February 2014?
What about milder days? Here's a look at days in Milwaukee where the mercury climbed to 30° or higher:
|# of Occurrences||Month|
While so much of the cold talk this winter has been focused on central and eastern parts of the nation, it's interesting to see that as we turn the calendar over to March and dream of warmer spring days, Mother Nature has a different story in mind. Look at the latest temperature outlook from the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center:
So where's the silver lining in the forecast?! Looking forward to more sunshine and longer days will have to suffice. Each day we add 2-4 minutes of daylight. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 8th. That means we spring the clocks forward one hour, and our sunset will then come in just ten minutes before 7pm. Plus, March is a big transition month in terms of average temperatures.
|Average High||Average Low|
|March 1st: 37°||March 1st: 23°|
|March 31st: 48°||March 31st: 32°|
Even the extremes relax as we get into March. By mid month, the record low temps stay above zero.
Looking back at March last year, after all the bitter cold, we saw progress. In Milwaukee, we recorded our last sub-zero night at -1° on March 3rd and by the end of the first week in March, we were in the 40s. My parting thoughts include the fact that if we can survive the next couple weeks of cold, the turnaround on temps will feel that much better!
I'm meteorologist Rebecca Schuld