February 19, 2012

Virginia had record warm weather during last 12 months

In case you missed the monthly weather analysis by NOAA, or failed to notice our mild winter so far:

The 12-month period, ending in January, was the sixth warmest such period for the contiguous United States, with warmer-than-average temperatures dominating the eastern two-thirds of the nation. Seven states -- Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland, Rhode Island, Texas, and Virginia -- were record warm for the period, while an additional 18 states had 12-month temperatures ranking among their ten warmest. Oregon and Washington were the only states with below-average temperatures during the period.

Spring doesn’t officially arrive until March 20, but you wouldn’t think so in Virginia as the La Nina weather pattern continues, blocking the colder air masses from the north. Our mildest winter in recent memory means some trees are already budding and insects are surviving. You might want to apply that pre-emergent for crabgrass sooner than usual. Do not wait for the forsythia to bloom.

According to the National Weather Service, the average January temperature in our area was almost 7 degrees above normal. February may be similar.