Is It Winter Yet?

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Gonna fly now: Hayden Tomaszewski sleds down the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum in January 2011 | Photograph by Matt Rourke, AP

Remember this? | Photograph by Matt Rourke, AP

Is it winter yet?

Technically, the coldest season started a few weeks ago, right before Christmas, but unseasonably warm temperatures[1] without a snow[2] could easily leave one confused. It felt like spring in the days leading up to that holiday.

But it’s cold today! A high of just 36 degrees is forecast. Are we in for any kind of consistently cold weather yet?

No, not really. Accuweather[3] is forecasting a warming to the 40s tomorrow, highs in the 30s on Wednesday and Thursday, then warming through the weekend before settling back into the 30s again next week.

Then again: Accuweather says the average high in Philly this week[4] will be 40 degrees. In fact, that’s the usual monthly average high for the city during the month of January, according to U.S. Climate Data,[5] and January tends to be the coldest month of the year here.

So really, this is a pretty average January — snow excepted — for Philadelphia. If it seems still warm, well: No snow or ice means it might not feel as bad as it would otherwise — and, well, the absolutely frozen winters of 2014 and 2015[6] might’ve made this relatively balmy season seem even warmer than it should.

Endnotes:
  1. unseasonably warm temperatures: https://www.phillymag.com/tag/unseasonably-warm-temperatures/
  2. without a snow: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2016/01/07/theres-no-winter-wonderland-for-philly/
  3. Accuweather: http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/philadelphia-pa/19107/daily-weather-forecast/350540?day=6
  4. average high in Philly this week: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/philadelphia-week-to-feature-shots-of-cold-air/54708583
  5. according to U.S. Climate Data,: http://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/philadelphia/pennsylvania/united-states/uspa1276
  6. absolutely frozen winters of 2014 and 2015: http://weather-warehouse.com/WeatherHistory/PastWeatherData_PhiladelphiaIntlArpt_Philadelphia_PA_January.html

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