Casual Living Staff, June 5, 2012Last June ranked as the nation's seventh warmest and third driest in 20 years. Temperatures were very hot across the South and precipitation was scarce as the area was under a severe drought causing wildfires, which were a negative for outdoor home furnishing categories. Memorial Day weekend provided a favorable start in the Northeast for outdoor products as a heat wave arrived and released some pent-up demand for summer categories. The week prior to July 4th was also another favorably warm week in the East. More
Casual Living Staff, November 8, 2010Last October was one of the five wettest in the past 114 years. It also was the second coldest in 33 years for the United States as a whole. More
Casual Living Staff, August 30, 2010BETHLEHEM, PA — Weather Trends International is taking the guesswork out of planning future outdoor events. More
Casual Living Staff, August 20, 2010This month will trend as the nation's warmest in at least three years and the driest in four years. More
Casual Living Staff, July 26, 2010Last July, 70% of the nation trended colder than in July 2008 - making it the coldest retail July in more than 17 years. Precipitation trended similar to the year prior, but this was still the wettest July in five years. More
Jack Grum, March 1, 2010Last March, dismal consumer confidence and the Easter calendar shift outweighed the favorable weather and lower gasoline costs. March 2009 temperatures trended warmer than the previous year for the nation as a whole. The first week of the month was exceptionally warm, with 673 record high temperatures set across the country. More
Jack Grum, vice president, February 1, 2010Snow is expected to be much more of a factor this month than last February, which brought the least amount of snowfall in seven years for the nation as a whole. February 2009 was the nation’s warmest in four years and the third warmest in 10 years. Precipitation in general was down 38% from 2008, making 2009 the driest February in more than 13 years. More
Jack Grum, January 1, 2010Last January was the nation’s coldest in five years and the fourth coldest in more than 17 years. Record cold temperatures during the second week of the month in the Northeast and North Central regions drove triple-digit gains for cold weather items like electric blankets, auto batteries and propane. More
Jack Grum, Vice President, November 1, 2009Last November, the East Coast experienced an exceptionally cold middle month period, where temperatures were the coldest in 75 to 128 years! Snowfall was above average downwind of the Great Lakes and in parts of the Northern Plains. Precipitation was up 10% over the previous year, but still ranked as the third driest in more than 16 years for the nation as a whole. More
Jack Grum, October 1, 2009With 60% of the nation trending warmer this month than last year, the outdoor living season should end on a more positive note. Last October was the nation’s fifth coldest in more than 16 years, and the East Coast’s second coldest October in 16+ years. National snowfall was up +710% over the previous year with two record snow events — one in the northern Rocky Mountains and t... More
Jack Grum, Vice President, September 1, 2009September 2008 started out with the coldest early September weather in 11 years, which was unfavorable for pool and patio clearance sales. During the month's first weekend last year, Tropical Storm Hanna soaked the East Coast. That storm was followed by Hurricane Ike, which dumped 5–10 inches of rain from Galveston to Chicago on Sept. More
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