Monday, January 5, 2009

A Tale of Two Seasons......................

Well, I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I am finally on my regular so let’s get back to blogging. Over the past weekend there was an extreme range of temperatures across North America. While we were basking in warm temperatures, in the low 80s, parts of the Yukon Valley in East Central Alaska and Northwest Canada had temperatures drop to -60°F.

On the other side of the continent, some areas in South Texas near the Rio Grande hit 90°F. That is a difference of 150 degrees!!!

This cold air in northern North America will eventually make its way down across the lower 48 states but the question is, where? Right now over the next 10 days it appears that this air mass will stay across the Northeastern United States with temperatures approaching -30°F in upstate New York and New England towards the middle of next week. It has been a long time since we have seen a true “Blue Northern” across Texas but, it is this type of air mass that can give us record breaking cold. We will be watching this air mass closely as any shift in the forecast path of this arctic air mass could drastically change our forecast.

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