“A warm spell in March is not out of the ordinary…”
… The warmer weather has been most striking in the Northeast and Midwest. For the first 20 days of March, highs have been 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit above average in many locations east of the Rocky Mountains. And more than 4,300 record highs were documented from March 9 to 19, according to the National Climatic Data Center.
“There’s always what we call ‘natural variability’ at play, and a warm spell in March is not out of the ordinary,” said senior meteorologist Stu Ostro during a Weather Channel broadcast yesterday. “But … records that have lasted more than 100 years are not only being broken — they’re being absolutely smashed”…