It’s snow joke. A weekend warm-up hints at an early arrival of spring.
The first seven weeks of 2017 ended on Saturday, a day that seemed to symbolize a Washington winter that has been noticeably long on warmth and short on snow.
So many days this winter have resembled Saturday, with its 68degree high at Reagan National Airport, that people seemed almost blasé about it. It was the fourth day this month with a high temperature above 60.
On the average, the 49 days of this year have been about 5.9 degrees warmer than normal.
With such temperatures, even residents preoccupied with the work of a busy world capital have noticed how frequently spring weather has been a winter visitor.
This long weekend is expected to see at least a two-day visit. “Very warm temperatures grip the region,” forecasters at the local office of the National Weather Service said Saturday. They “will persist through Sunday,” the meteorologists added in a published discussion of their forecast. Indeed, they said, “some readings are going to be close to records.”
Although spring has showed up often here this winter, it is not a permanent resident. Winter has not been dislodged.
The Feb. 8 high reading was 74, exceeding the old record for the date by six degrees.
But two days later, the high temperature at the airport was 39, more appropriate for winter, and the low of 23 was nine degrees below freezing. It showed that February’s spring fling remains a transient affair.
Meanwhile, it did not snow on Saturday. Only traces have fallen this month, and only 1.4 inches were measured last month. It is hard to construct snowballs, snow persons or an authentic winter out of that.