91
      Tuesday
      92 / 75
      Wednesday
      90 / 75
      Thursday
      85 / 72

      After a record warm winter, are we in for a hotter than average summer?

      Winter 2011-2012,{ }in D.C.,{ }ranked the third warmest with an average high of 43.4°.{ } With all of the "warmer than average temperature" talk I've been hearing, I thought it would be neat to look back at past record breaking warm winters to see if there is a correlation between above average winters and above average summers.{ }

      We all remember 2010{ }and 2011's scorching temperatures.{ } The average summer high, for both years,{ }was roughly 81°, about 3° above average.{ } But looking back at both 2010 and 2011's winters, they were both about 2 to 3° below average.

      Here's a list of{ }the top{ }10 warmest winters in D.C.{ }{ }{ }I've also added the following summer's{ }averages and how far above or below those temperatures deviated from average.

      { }From this list, you can see there is nothing that really stands out.{ } Out of the ten warmest winters, about half of the summers after were above average and the other half below average for summer temperatures.{ }

      Here's another list of the top ten warmest summers.{ }I've also included the winter averages for those years.{ }

      { }Again, no real correlation, as the 10 warmest summers had a mix of above average and below average winters.{ } So if you're wondering what kind of a winter we can expect, it looks like past climate data isn't really steering us in any particular direction.{ }