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Unusually warm weather puts the East Coast in early bloom

Meteorologists say a moderate El Niño is the climatic culprit.

Source:  Copyright 2007, LA Times
Date:  January 6, 2007
Byline:  Robert Lee Hotz
Original URL: Status ONLINE

The cherry blossoms are blooming in Brooklyn by the thousands; daffodils are budding in the Bronx; and in Central Park, toddlers have yet to see a single snowflake this winter, the first time in more than a century that the city's most celebrated sledding slopes have been snow-free so long into the season.

Throughout the region, winter seems in full retreat.

Temperatures have been running 6 degrees above normal for at least a month, federal weather experts said. Winter coats are clinging to retail racks, not commuters' backs. Even the artificial snow on ski slopes is melting.

For New York, Washington and Boston this weekend, weather experts are forecasting April in January, with temperatures in the 60s — and showers.

In fact, balmy weather is forecast for the entire Eastern Seaboard in the week ahead — up to 20 degrees above normal in some areas — according to the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction ...

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