Remarkable Warm & Cold Across the US This Month

February so far has featured a continuing extreme drought in California, record warmth in the Intermountain West and Pacific Northwest, record cold in the Great Lakes / Ohio Valley / Northeast, and extreme snowfall for coastal New England. These are not isolated incidents; our weather is all connected. Echoing the pattern of last winter, the jet stream has buckled sharply north toward Alaska and sharply south over the Midwest and Southeast. Storm systems have been steered away from California, and the heat has built up. Arctic air has spilled across the eastern US, and bouts of heavy snow have been the theme for many. This remarkably steady pattern across the US is expected to stay generally the same through the rest of February, although cooling off to near normal for much of the West.


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