From the ABC 7 Weather team

So Today Marks How Many 60+ Degree Days This Winter??

February 23, 2012 - 06:00 AM
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Get ready for another balmy winter day with highs into the 60s.  So just how many days, exactly, have been 60 degrees of higher this winter?

People driving around town with their windows open, dining outdoors, walking around with only a light jacket, or even no jacket at all, pretty much sums up the majority of our winter, to this point. 

Highs will be well above average, once again today, as we soar into the 60s.  In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if a few spots made it to 70°.  Would that break any records?  Most likely not, with 78° the current daily record for D.C.  Even though we may not break a record, just over 3/4 of winter (meteorological winter: December 1 through the last day in February), has been above average.  Yep, that's right.  64 out of the 84 days of meteorological winter have been above average.  Here's a look at how much warmer temperatures were yesterday compared to average. 

Departure From Average On Wednesday

Temperature departures were about 15° warmer than average!  Average highs in winter range from 44-52°.  Today and tomorrow, though, we'll reach the 60s!  So how many times have we climbed to the 60° mark or higher?  16 days of the 84 days this winter have been 60° or warmer.  Talk about a mild winter season!  Now these numbers are from yesterday.  I didn't include today and tomorrow, since nothing's official. 

The milder weather tends to get more people outdoors and also helps on the heating bill.  It also can also bring a few "winter flowers".  Take a look at the pollen count for late February.  Seems hard to believe trees are high this time of year. 

Enjoy the mild temperatues while they're around.  "Colder" air is moving in for the weekend -- and when I say colder, I mean, temperatures will be right around average.  Go figure!  Looks like we'll just have to wait and see if all of the above average temperatures will equal a "warmest winter on record".   

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