First report this year... awaiting thunderstorm season, and basically warmer weather. The grass and crocus are way ahead of the air temperatures. The odd nice sunny day is usually overcrowded by cloudy - cold - and windy conditions.
Compared to last year's anomalous weather of 25C this time last year, lasting basically all summer of 2010... snapped only by the emergence of hurricane Earl which took the warm waters away. Earl moved further east than official forecast, as i thought it would, but this didn't appear updated officially until day of storm.
Its been cold and windy this Spring... temps barely scratching the tens, and still dropping below zero at nights.
Thunderstorm days so far this year: none
Electrical activity in the atmosphere seems to follow a hidden pattern. Several years of barely a storm... followed by a year of more intense conditions. Upper air support is rare here along the coast, but as this is a micro-climatic approach to weather watching, I will stick to what I know from direct observation rather than attempt computer analysis... which tends to detract from the local memory and truisms of perception.
In other words: seeing the shape of weather as it is happening, rather than seeing the charts and computer models. Being inside the storm rather than looking at it from above. And... paying attention to the weather signs as they evolve, rather than being handed the signs and then interpreting them in a way that is removed from actual experience.