by Jeff Noreman (photos by Jeff Noreman)
a preview from our upcoming College Edition…
The return of baseball to fields all over the country is supposed to be a line of demarcation. It typically coincides with the passage of seasons from winter to spring. Never was this transition more welcome than during the winter of 2014.
“The real story of this winter will be its persistence … aside from a (very) warm period in mid-January and just before Christmas, cold air has dominated, nearly wire-to-wire,” according to Kevin Tyle, a meteorologist at the University at Albany.
The city of Massena, NY, about 20 miles north of Clarkson University, experienced the State’s coldest temperature this winter with a low of -22 F on the morning of February 12th, 2014. Yes, that is a minus sign in front of that number. The average temperature there was approximately 19.0 F over the entire winter.
To determine the snowfall leader, we turned to measurements taken at official National Weather Service observing sites. It appears the winner is Syracuse NY, with 107.8 inches (as of February 28th), but that’s just 7.7 inches above normal. Buffalo is not too far behind with 104.2 inches, and that’s 26.0 inches above the normal for the winter-to-date.
“In terms of total seasonal snowfall, with the exception of the snowbelts between Syracuse and Watertown, and some headline-grabbing events in NYC, it has been a fairly typical winter,” continued Tyle. “But given the recent spate of mild, relatively snow-free winters, this winter ‘feels’ especially brutal. What will set this winter apart here in the Empire State is that it looks to extend well into March. The first half of March looks to be the most anomalously cold of the year to date,and this may have real impacts for the high school and collegiate baseball teams as they prepare for the season’s start. The existing snow pack looks to persist for a while.”
Rest assured, college baseball will be underway for all teams, later if not sooner.