By Seth Borenstein, Associated Press
March 6, 2014 11:41 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Relief may be on the way for a weather-weary United States with the predicted warming of the central Pacific Ocean brewing this year that will likely change weather worldwide. But it won't be for the better everywhere.
It certainly didn't take long once the heavy rains started midday Wednesday to fill my retaining pond in our subdivision. It also didn't take long for a loud chorus of frogs to start their chanting. And, a pair of lucky ducks swiftly stopped by to test the waters.
By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press
March 4, 2014 10:16 a.m.
WASHINGTON — The seemingly endless winter dumped a half a foot snow on the ground in parts of the South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, and many areas Tuesday morning saw something even more unusual in March: a blast of arctic air that sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits.
The temperature reached 61 degrees late Monday afternoon under sunny skies, the warmest since Nov. 11, when it was also 61 degrees. Quite a change from the chilly weekend we just encountered. I can take this, can you?
By Brett Zongker, Associated Press
March 3, 2014 10:16 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Winter kept its icy hold on much of the country Monday, with snow falling and temperatures dropping as schools and offices closed and people from the South and Mid-Atlantic to Northeast reluctantly waited out another storm indoors.
PORTLAND — Forecasters say the weekend ice in the Columbia River Gorge is being replaced by freezing rain Monday morning as the temperature warms, and it will soon be followed by plain old rain and plenty of it.
By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press
March 2, 2014 7:21 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Tourists flocked to the monuments in the nation's capital Sunday to enjoy 50-degree temperatures before yet another winter storm was expected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of the East Coast.
Local weather observer Murphy Dennis shared this weather tidbit from California: "A friend in Lompoc near Vandenberg AFB said he received over 4 inches rain Friday and nearly as much since midnight last night on Saturday afternoon. Says his grass has grown 3 inches since Wednesday. They need it." Yes, they do need it. Too bad it just came all at once, as there were many landslides and mud flows, and much of it just ran off into the ocean. They need much more to erase a three-year drought.
By DON BABWIN, Associated Press
March 2, 2014 6 a.m.
CHICAGO — Shannon Frauenholtz has had it with winter. Barely able to stomach the television news with its images of snowbound cars, she heads to the tanning salon, closes her eyes and imagines she's back in Mexico, where she's already vacationed once this winter.
The countdown begins: two days until the start of the meteorological spring; ten days until daylight savings time begins; 21 days until the vernal equinox (first day of spring); and for you sports fans, 32 days until major league baseball begins. Lots to look forward to, yes?