Ellen Degeneres critiques the weathercast (h/t weathermatrix):
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3 weeks ago
Dates Washington BaltimoreImages (click to enlarge): Washington, DC winter average temperature, precipitation, and snowfall for average, weak, moderate, and strong La Niñas, from National Weather Service, Sterling, VA
6–8 January 1996 17.1" 22.5"
16–17 December 1973 10.2" 7.7"
25 January 2000 9.3" 14.9"
For the latest 6 months (May-October), it was the 5th warmest on record, and "31 states, mostly east of the Rockies, had average temperatures among their top ten percent historically."
- The average temperature for October was 56.9 degrees F (13.8 degrees C), which is 2.1 degrees F (1.2 degrees C) above the 1901-2000 average, the eleventh warmest on record in the United States. Warmer-than-normal conditions prevailed throughout the western U.S. and into the Midwest. Of the nine climate regions, none had below normal temperatures and only two, both along the Eastern Seaboard, experienced an average temperature that was near normal.
- No state had below normal average temperatures, while more than half were above-average. Wyoming had its fourth warmest October and Montana its seventh.
Record warmth persisted throughout the year in the Northeast, where the average year-to-date temperature was 3.0 degrees F (1.6 degrees C) above the 20th century average. Five northeastern states (New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island) were having their warmest year on record to date. The East North Central climate region was also abnormally warm for 2010 to date, 2.5 degrees F (1.4 degrees C) above the long-term average.
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