Meteorologists are prone to pangs of jealousy. You see, we all want the most interesting, peculiar weather to show up over our respective cities. It gives us something to babble about — it makes us feel important.

So you can only imagine how much I'd like to be in New York City or Boston today. A late-season blizzard will drop snow at a rate of 2 to 3 inches an hour with thunder and lightning; winds topping 50 mph will create hour after hour of white-out conditions. The Northeast will effectively shut down for the next 48 hours.

According to, New York has seen only five snowstorms of a foot or more in March or April since 1870. California just had the wettest winter in 122 years; now a supersized blizzard for New England? There's more water in the air — more fuel for blizzards and floods.

We've had our (3-inch) drama here at home. Take a mental snapshot of the snow in your yard — it'll be gone within two days. The 40s return Thursday with 50s early next week. Spring should be two to three weeks ahead of schedule.