Meteorological Winter

Tuesday marks the first day of meteorological winter (Dec.1-Feb. 28). Wait a second, doesn’t winter start in late December? There is a difference between meteorological winter and astronomical winter. Astronomical winter begins when the sun is furthest from the earth in the northern hemisphere (5:47pm on December 21st to be precise). It is also our shortest period of daylight. Meteorological winter is simply the period of the year when the northern hemisphere is the coldest. This change in season could not have come at a better time as we are expecting bitter cold for the latter half of this week. Here is the 8-14 day outlook issued by our friends at the Climate Prediction Center as well as a longer, 1 month outlook for temperatures.

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This post was written by qni_it on November 29, 2009

9 Comments so far

  1. tony November 29, 2009 11:02 PM

    I hope the one month outlook is wrong. I want it cold and snowy for christmas.

  2. WI Weather Buff November 30, 2009 7:17 AM

    Well, the one month outlook posted above was created 2 weeks ago. In fact, over the past 2 weeks it has been warmer than average.

    But from the 14 day outlook (i.e., for the next 2 weeks) there is a pesky blob of much cooler than average temps forecasted to be sitting right over our heads … so it looks like you may (unfortunately) get your wish. ;-)

    Personally, I would prefer if it were not ever cold and snowy (to me, I look at “cold” and “snowy” and think “heating bills”, “bad driving” and “time spent shoveling.”)

    Of course I do live in Wisconsin, so (as many have pointed out over the years) if I really hate winter I could always move someplace else…

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