Snow storm routine getting old? No worries, the groundhog got it right.
The weather pattern that sent snow storm after snow storm across the US is breaking down, leading to forecasts of one of the biggest snow meltdowns 'we have ever seen.'
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“That wall is breaking down, allowing the jet stream to flow more evenly across the country,” says Scott Bernhardt, chief operating officer at Planalytics in Berwyn, Pa. “When that happens, the weather moderates, we get significantly nicer weather.” [Editor's note: The spelling of Berwyn, Pa., has been corrected.]Skip to next paragraph
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Mr. Bernhardt says there will still be some periods of rain, but “it will feel like such a nice break from what we were experiencing.”
Spring this early may seem unusual after last year. Last February and early March, the mid-Atlantic states were buffeted by blizzard after blizzard. Places like Washington, D.C. could measure the snowfall by the foot. This winter, most of the snow was in the Northeast in places like New York, Hartford and Boston. Because the temperature rarely broke the freezing mark, much of it is still on the ground.
Return of the happy consumer
If the weather cooperates with the forecast, Bernhardt says there are some ramifications for the economy, as well: the malls may start to fill-up.
“Two-thirds of the country has cabin fever,” he says.
Once consumers get cabin fever, one of the first things they do is go shopping, says Kathy Grannis, a spokeswoman for the National Retail Federation in Washington. “A lot of people are tired of wearing their winter clothes and are ready for some fresh apparel.”
Warmer weather will also put consumers in a better mood.
In Bethlehem, Pa., Linda Cameron says the worst part of this winter was all the ice. She is looking forward to being able to go for walks without worrying about falling. “I almost bought it so many times,” she says.
Christine Cannon of Haymarket, Va. says the warmer weather means she won’t have to nag her four children, ages four to eleven, about wearing their hats and coats all the time. “ ‘What is it you don’t understand about winter?’ I’ve been asking them.”
And, New York resident Sharon Gamsin says the better weather means she won’t have to spend so much money plowing out her weekend cottage in Great Barrington, Mass. “It’s costing me a fortune,” she says. “I’ve had to have the roof cleared three times and some of the snow storms have been so heavy, I’ve had to pay for them to come twice in one day.”
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