A Shift in the Weather Pattern Brings Warmth... Finally!

By: Nate Harrington Email
By: Nate Harrington Email

It seems like one of the coldest winters on record is starting to wind down...

And that frigid cold is being replaced by warmer than normal temperatures.

Eyewitness News reporter and meteorologist Nate Harrington explains the change.

Our weather over the past year certainly has been a roller coaster ride... We saw snow at this time last year, record-breaking heat last summer, a frigid cold winter, and now finally Spring looks like it might arrive early.

Hopefully you've been outside to enjoy the sunshine and warmth the last few days.

It's all thanks to a weather phenomenon called the Arctic Oscillation finally weakening, allowing a strong La Nina Effect to dominate the weather.

It's still February, and freezes do happen, but the rest of our winter and our entire spring will feature warm and dry conditions.

Dr. James O'Brien, Professor of Meteorology and Oceanography says, "It's going to warm up every day. So, yes it's winter and there's still a small probability we get a freeze, but it's a very small probability and every week that goes by, that probability goes less and less."

The weather is supposed to turn so dramatically that Dr. O'Brien says we should be seeing flowers bloom and trees regain their leaves in the coming weeks.

There is a drawback to this current weather pattern, however.
Dr. O'Brien says wildfire danger will be elevated over the next few months, so we will see more and more prescribed fires.

And wildfire danger is already a major problem in south Florida.


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