Science: Funny Winter

This winter the western half of the U.S. got its worst weather in history, and the eastern half some of its mildest. The U.S. Weather Bureau, looking on the dark (or cold) side, regards the 1948-49 winter as the hardest ever—worse in most respects than the winter of 1937. The records are not all in (spring does not come officially until March 21), but already the bureau has a fine collection of weather aberrations and never-befores.

In February, forsythia bloomed on Long Island, Maryland's spring peepers started to peep, and shirtsleeved New Yorkers lay...

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