Winter wonderland: More than 2,000 US cold and snowfall records set this week
It’s getting chilly outside! In the past week, the U.S. has experienced more than 2,000 cold and snow records have been set in the past week, according to the National Weather Service and HamWeather records center.
In the past seven days there have been 606 record low temperatures, 1,234 low maximum temperatures and 285 record snowfalls across the country. This is compared to only “98 high temperature records and 141 high minimum temperature records” notes global warming skeptic blogger Anthony Watts.
While the U.S. Southeast was hit with most of the warmer winter weather, the rest of the country has been blasted by cold weather. National Weather Service data shows that the Mid-Atlantic region has been hit with record rainfall and the northeast has seen record snowfall as winter rears its ugly head.
West of the Mississippi River, states have been experience record low temperatures and record low maximum temperatures with some areas also being hit by record snowfall.
According to The Weather Channel, the eastern U.S. is in for more cold weather as “Winter Storm Electra” is right around the corner.
“Fresh off the recent pounding from Winter Storms Cleon and Dion, another round of nasty winter weather is poised to spread through the eastern third of the nation,” the weather forecasters predict. “The Weather Channel has named this system Winter Storm Electra.”
“Winter Storm Electra will kick into gear Friday and head for the Northeast this weekend, with more snow,” the Weather Channel notes. “Warnings, advisories and watches have been issued for the areas that will be affected by Electra.”
Meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are saying that this winter will be colder-than-average across “a small swath of the Northern Plains from northeast Montana into parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota,” reports The Weather Channel, adding that the rest of the country has an equal chance of cold or warm weather.
“A strong Polar vortex should generally confine the cold air to northern latitudes,” said Dr. Todd Crawford of Weather Services International. “This should allow much of the South to bask in a mild winter.”
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