Another cold shot and a look at how warm winter was 

Posted: 6:00 am Friday, March 3rd, 2017

By Kirk Mellish

After record warm temperatures and some severe weather to kick off March as it came in like a lion, we get another 22 degree or more temperature swing.

“Meteorological winter” ends with February and March starts the spring season based on climate data, ahead of the spring equinox at 6:28 am Monday, March 20th.

We “spring ahead” one hour for the return of Daylight saving time Sunday, March 12th.

The thermometer roller coaster of the past 3-4 months continues. We will be back around 70 next week, but not before frost and freeze Saturday morning.

Here are what the suite of numerical equations are showing for low temperatures Saturday AM:

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This comes after the warm winter.

Heating and air conditioning data going back to 1950 shows that during that 67 year span the top 3 warmest winters and top 4 hottest summers have occurred since 2010 on a national basis:

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FEBRUARY ranked warmest on record for many cities, and the winter as a whole ranked high on the warm charts as well, top 5 for many in the east:

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WARMEST February in ATLANTA in 138 years,  3rd warmest winter in Atlanta since records began in 1878!

WINTER 2016-17:

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Only ONE notable winter storm in Georgia this past winter:

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Winter storm review.

My outlook for spring and a sneak peak at summer will be on the radio Friday morning 6a-9a.

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