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Old 02-29-2012, 07:20 PM
 
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What is up with winter in Pittsburgh, PA this year (2012)? The average daily temperature has been about 20-30 degrees warmer than in previous years. I am usually the coldest person around, and always need a coat, but I only wore a coat on probably two days this year. It's going to be March tomorrow and everyone just keeps talking about going directly from Fall to Spring this year. I don't think we had any days with temperature in the negative figures this year. So bizarre. Is this a sign of global warming?
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:22 AM
 
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What is up with winter in Pittsburgh, PA this year (2012)? The average daily temperature has been about 20-30 degrees warmer than in previous years. I am usually the coldest person around, and always need a coat, but I only wore a coat on probably two days this year. It's going to be March tomorrow and everyone just keeps talking about going directly from Fall to Spring this year. I don't think we had any days with temperature in the negative figures this year. So bizarre. Is this a sign of global warming?
Actually, last month was only 5.8 degrees above average:

Climate Data - NOAA's National Weather Service

Amazing what a difference it makes eh?
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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That's still a crazy average difference (incidentally, that is obviously more than baseline global warming can explain, but on the other hand global warming is expected to cause more extreme variations from the baseline).
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:06 AM
 
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I am loving this. If this was the consistent norm for "winter" in Pittsburgh, no one would hear me complain. We haven't had one snowfall this year that was a big event and laid for weeks upon weeks. I don't believe we've had any negative temperatures. I wonder if we've even had any single digit temperatures?

Checking the "long-range" 15 day forecast on AccuWeather, there is no sign of this pattern stopping. We dip off a little bit this weekend, but then right back into the mid to high 50s.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:08 AM
 
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I am loving this. If this was the consistent norm for "winter" in Pittsburgh, no one would hear me complain. We haven't had one snowfall this year that was a big event and laid for weeks upon weeks. I don't believe we've had any negative temperatures. I wonder if we've even had any single digit temperatures?

Checking the "long-range" 15 day forecast on AccuWeather, there is no sign of this pattern stopping. We dip off a little bit this weekend, but then right back into the mid to high 50s.
It was 9 when I was on my to work one morning. That's pretty cold by most standards, but of course it didn't stay that way.

This Winter also made me realize that if it only snows on the weekends and is always gone by Monday, I really don't mind it at all.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:45 AM
 
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The robins in my yard, the sprouting daffodils, and the buds on my shrubs all declare thar Spring is here. I hope it decides to stay.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:22 AM
 
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The robins in my yard, the sprouting daffodils, and the buds on my shrubs all declare thar Spring is here. I hope it decides to stay.
This.
The birds singing, my daffodils are also coming up, and...my allergies are starting.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: somewhere near Pittsburgh, PA
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I swear it's spring already. After the rain moved out yesterday, it got up to near 70 degrees. I went for a run after work in shorts and a tshirt. I saw many others on the trail enjoying the warm temps too. Some kids were playing in the stream that runs along the trail. All this on the last day of Feb. Pretty amazing.

It's funny how all the meteorlogists were predicting another harsh winter. It goes to show you how pointless long-range weather forecasts are. Even with all the computer models used today, any forecast beyond 5 days is basically a guess.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Cortland, Ohio
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Don't worry, mother nature will getting back by causing snow in May! lol
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Old 03-02-2012, 06:43 AM
 
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At least the allergies will be over and done with early this year.

I figure since the season started with a surprise Halloween snow, it will end with a surprise Mother's Day snow.
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