Captain's Log 23 Mar '24 Wet & Snowy Week Prior Easter

Captain's Log
23 March '24: Happy Saturday! :)

Another big wet and white storm of the East Coast-Northeast. Flooding a major concern as March has been the wettest in over 40 years for the U.S. The Midwest and Canada is downright frigid for this time of year. CLICK ON IMAGES FOR A LARGER VIEW.

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Drought continues to make significant improvement for most with 44% of the U.S. in dry to drought phases, average would be 48%, last year was 52%. Iowa will have significant rain to round out March so major improvement there as well.

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On the severe weather front there were some deadly tornadoes last week with 20 more this past week, 23 more hail events and 28 more high wind events reported. These will increase dramatically this Spring.

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Last week (17-23 March) across the World shows the U.S. trending +3.3F warmer than last year, but still 18th coldest of the past 39 years with below average national temperatures. Rainfall was up +68% vs last year, 9th wettest of the past 39, while snowfall was up +74% vs last year, most in 11 years and 8th most of the past 39 years. These are somewhat negative trends for overall Spring seasonal merchandise sales that do better in warmer/drier weather. Europe was generally cooler/wetter with Western Europe more favorable. Very wet in Brazil - wettest in 11 years and 4th wettest in 39 years.

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This week (24-30 March) prior Easter isn't very favorable with the U.S. trending +0.9F warmer than last year but wettest in 3 years and snowiest in 15 years. Conditions do improve toward the Easter weekend, so a late surge in spring holiday sales possible.

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The 6-day snowfall outlook (23-28 March) shows the Upper Midwest getting more snow in one week than they did all Winter long with 18"+ from two systems. New England also getting heavy snowfall in the 8-18" range with heavier snow in the highest elevations of the West. The U.S. overall trends +73% more than last year, #1 most in 0ver 39 years!

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Next week (31 Mar - 6 Apr) trends +0.8F warmer than last year, warmest in 7 years and 11th warmest of the past 39 with the Northwest the most improved region. Rainfall down -33% vs last year, driest in 3 years and 19th driest of the past 39, while snowfall is also down -84%, least in 3 years and 6the least in 39 years. These are generally more favorable trends for seasonal merchandise sales. The severe weather threat continues from Texas to Tennessee.

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The World 2-week outlook (24 Mar - 6 Apr) shows a moderating trend across North America and very warm for Eastern Europe.

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It remains very wet for much of North America, Brazil and Europe.

log 9-minWe hope you have a great week ahead, and don't forget to follow us on social media for frequent updates: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Linkedin.

- Captain Kirk out