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 ...