Very Cold Temps May Continue Long Term

January 23rd, 2013 at 11:22 am by under Weather

850 mb temperatures showing the core of the coldest air just east of the Great Lakes Region. (Weather Underground Image)

An interesting pattern has set up around the Arctic Circle over the past month that may have a long term impact on our winter pattern. According to new research from Climate Central dot org: “An unusual event playing out high in the atmosphere above the Arctic Circle is setting the stage for what could be weeks upon weeks of frigid cold across wide swaths of the U.S., having already helped to bring cold and snowy weather to parts of Europe.” This may lead to several more weeks of very cold weather.

The Climate Prediction Center seems to agree with this outlook as well bringing in colder than normal temperatures over the next 8 to 14 days while also predicting above normal precipitation.

8 to 14 day outlook for temperatures provided by NOAA

8 to 14 day precipitation from NOAA

This is a real departure from the past couple of winters and may be the kind of winter that we thought was a relic of the past.


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