January through March was coldest ever for parts of New England

Coldest period ever for Amherst, Hartford, Worcester and Providence

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – The snow is melting away after what was a very snowy and very cold winter. We experienced the coldest temperatures over the last few months. 

New research indicates that January through March was the coldest period for several locations in New England since record keeping began in the late 19th century. 

“If we look at the January to March period this year 2015 we see that Boston was tied for third coldest and Amherst, Providence Hartford and Worcester all set new records for January and March on records going back to the late 1800’s,” said UMass Amherst Climatologist Michael Rawlins.

UMass Amherst Climatologist Michael Rawlins who works at the Climate System Research Center says the drop this year really stands out because our winters have shown a warming trend of about 2 to 4 degrees, with the last noticeable drop in 1994.

He says there is on going research into what may be the cause of the weather we’ve been having. 

“There’s been some interesting research linking warming in the arctic with changes to the jet stream which maybe leading to these extreme cold and snowy outbreaks across the east coast,” said Rawlins.

Despite the cold weather we experienced, a good portion of the country and the rest of the world have seen above normal temperatures. In fact according to NOAA, February 2015 was the second warmest February on record globally.

Click here for more information on the record cold.

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