While the collective kvetching over winter's snow and icy cold may be on the decline, just look at what's on the horizon. Summer, and some are saying it could be a scorcher.
If the Farmers' Almanac is on target, summer in the Northeast looks to be "oppressively hot, humid and showery."
In a word -- uncomfortable, said Sandi Duncan, managing editor of the Lewiston, Maine-based publication. Its long-range forecasts are based on "a secret formula that takes things like sunspot activity, tidal action of the moon and positions of the planets into consideration," said Duncan, who's based in Washington Township, N.J.
For June through August, the average temperature at Long Island MacArthur Airport is 71.7 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, with precipitation averaging 11.68 inches.
Since 1984, Long Island's weather records for the airport in Ronkonkoma have been kept by the weather service. From 1949 to 1983, the records were maintained by the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton.
Also predicting a summer that's "hotter and rainier than normal," is The Old Farmer's Almanac, based in Dublin, N.H., which says to watch out for what it expects to be the hottest periods -- early June, early to mid-July and early to mid-August.
Chiming in on Thursday was the Climate Prediction Center -- which bases its forecasts, in part, on sophisticated computer models. Its call for the May, June, July time period is for a 33 to 40 percent chance of above-normal temperatures in much of the Northeast, Long Island included. The climate center and the weather service are agencies of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.