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Spring is Here

Jason Samenow @ 2:00 AM

I pronounce winter over. A warming trend begins today and I doubt we'll see any more extended periods of what can be described as cold weather. Sure, we could have a day or two in April when temps struggle to reach 50, and the remote possibility of a stray, wet snowflake. But generally speaking, I believe spring is back, and here to stay.

Today's Forecast

It will be cloudy this morning, but some sunshine will likely filter through the clouds this afternoon. Temperatures should reach 52-56, comfortable enough for checking out the Cherry Blossoms, but not so nice that you'll be wishing you were outside as the George Mason Patriots take on the UConn Huskies.

Be sure to see the Washington Post's online Cherry Blossom guide for comprehensive news and information about the blossoms and related events. Peak bloom dates are today through Tuesday.

As mentioned earlier, I'm expecting a nice warming trend this week. More details on that tomorrow...

New Poll

I finally got around to preparing a new poll and thought I'd solicit opinions on our local weather talent. I'm starting off seeking opinions on favorite "primary" (weekday evening) weathercasters, but will also eventually also have polls for the morning and weekend 'casters.

The results of the last poll indicate about two thirds of our visitors are ready for spring and tired of the snow.

Hurricane Hype: New England bracing for the Big One?

AccuWeather's Joe Bastardi warns it's only a matter of time before a major hurricane hits New England in a recent "exclusive AccuWeather feature":
"The Northeast is staring down the barrel of a gun," said Joe Bastardi, Chief Forecaster of the Hurricane Center. "The Northeast coast is long overdue for a powerful hurricane, and with the weather patterns and hydrology we're seeing in the oceans, the likelihood of a major hurricane making landfall in the Northeast is not a question of if but when."
AccuWeather's Ken Reeves added:
"There are indications that the Northeast will experience a hurricane larger and more powerful than anything that region has seen in a long time."
Stu Ostro, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel (TWC), writes in TWC's blog that while outfits sounding the alarm bell send an important message, claims that they can accurately predict hurricane landfall locations before the season (and the storms form) are bogus:
The fact of the matter is, nobody knows at this juncture exactly what regions/states/communities will receive exactly what impacts in 2006.
Ostro also points out that AccuWeather conveniently omits that they were calling for the Northeast to get hit last year when no storms made landfall there. There is little doubt AccuWeather has talented meteorologists and that they provide useful information, but be wary of their hype and spin machine...

Be sure to tune into WeatherTalkRadio today with Tony Pann and Justin Berk. This is sure to be a topic of discussion. And/or checkout the forum, where a long discussion took place on this issue.

Pictured: A Stu Ostro hockey jersey-- a friend gave this to me and has no idea where he got it from. This is most definitely a treasured keepsake.

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