Science: That Crazy Winter Weather!

Changing winds cause deluges, droughts and misplaced snows

Even the Old Farmer's Almanac could not have foreseen it all. Barely a trace of snow in New England, yet mounds of it down in Dixie. Norfolk, Va., accumulated twice as much snow as Burlington, Vt, or Portland, Me., and about one-third more than Chicago. Florida too was taking its licks. In early March, temperatures plummeted below freezing, putting a squeeze on the citrus crop, and tornadoes cut across the southeast part of the state. Up North folks were trying to decide whether to pack away mufflers and mittens after spring-in-December readings of 16°...

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