This winter is one for the record books, leaving many to wonder if the snow and frigid temperatures will ever end, but what does that mean for the rest of 2014?
“I’ve been living here for 30 years, it takes some getting used to, but this winter has been rough,” said Woodridge resident, Anthony Santagata.
A common frustration shared by many Illinois residents, leaving them thinking it’s the worst winter ever.
In fact, if you’re under age 35, “it’s the snowiest and coldest winter that you’ve ever been through in your entire life,” Ricky Castro, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Chicago. “So it’s a historic winter.”
If you don’t think you can take any more snow and it’s time to trade heavy winter coat for something lighter for spring, Castro says think again.
“Unfortunately, I wish I had better news, but we can’t rule out more snow because it just doesn’t look like we’re going to get out of this generally colder than normal pattern,” said Castro. “Possibly even into April.”
These colder than normal temperatures so far this year has the National Weather Service preparing from them to continue causing El Niño conditions.
“Which means warmer than normal ocean temperatures in the eastern tropical pacific and it can result in cooler conditions even into the summer time,” Ricky Casto. “It doesn’t necessarily mean yes it will, but there is a tendency for cooler conditions even into the summer.”
On top of cooler days this summer at the pool, the cooler El Nino temperatures also have the potential to cause dangerous flooding conditions like we saw last April.
“We aren’t seeing any sustained warmth to thaw the frost that is in the ground and when the ground is completely frozen and you get a heavy rain event, it all becomes run off,” said Castro. “So far, we’ve been lucky in the warm-ups that we’ve had because we haven’t had heavy rain with them. The worst-case scenario would be if we get into the sixties with a couple inches of rain before we could thaw out all the frost in the ground. That would be the worst-case scenario, and it’s not something that we’re saying is going to happen, but it’s something to be alert for.”
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