By James Baughn
With yesterday's high temperature reaching 80°F for the first time this year, it's probably safe to declare an end to the 2008-09 Winter Storm Season. Good riddance!
Here is a quick recap of the winter storms that blew through:
Apu (Dec. 15-17): Our first winter storm brought a couple rounds of freezing rain and numerous traffic problems
Bart (Dec. 23): This underachieving ice storm threatened to be a troublemaker, but was mostly harmless
Cletus (Dec. 27): This system failed to bring any snow or ice, but did spark a rare High Wind Warning
Duffman (Jan. 6): Yet another light freezing rain event
Edna (Jan. 20): This Alberta clipper brought a dusting of snow
Flanders (Jan. 27): The Mother of All Ice Storms... enough said
Grampa (Feb. 21): Clipper system that delivered squat
Homer (Feb. 28): Surprisingly strong system delivered 8+ inches of snow to portions of Missouri and Arkansas, but nothing here
Itchy (Mar. 12): Another system with a bark worse than its bite
Jasper (Apr. 6): Cold snap with surprise April snow flurries
Our system of naming winter storms after "Simpsons" characters seemed to work pretty well. Meanwhile, the non-patent-pending Dartboard Forecasting Model was just as inaccurate as I expected.
What naming scheme should we use for next season's winter storm buffet? Vote in this quick poll: