Cold in the Southwest, Warm in the SoutheastJanuary 15th, 2013 at 5:36 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click the picture and the map to enlarge. The picture is what the S. Pole looked like today at 1:25 PM. It’s the middle of summer and the temperature is a relatively warm -14F. This is the high temperature map from Monday. You can see quite a contrast between the East and the Southwest. Los Angeles had their coolest temperature in 22 years with a morning low of 34. Santa Barbara dropped to 27, the coldest temperature in six years. The high temperature reached only 38 in Los Vegas NV. Tucson had both a record low (21) and a record low maximum (42)…the same for Douglas AZ with a high/low of 41/11 (on Sunday Douglas dropped to +7, breaking the record low by 8 degrees. The Arizona freeze will cause the price of lettuce to go up. Other record lows included -31 at Big Piney WY, -17 at Alliance NE and -18 at Alpine AZ. On the East Coast, record highs were set at Portland ME (59), Savannah GA (81) and Valdosta GA (83). Our weather stays cool with light snow Weds. PM into Thursdaqy and again over the weekend as a strong Arctic front comes thru, giving us our coldest 3-day shot of air in 2 years. Daytime temperatures are forecast to be only in the teens early next week. From Saturday night to Monday night, the European model gives G.R. 0.32″ of precipitation. If that’s right, that would be 6″ of snow. Muskegon gets 0.43″ of precipitation in 48-hours during that period. GFS shows ROCKIN’ cold air and what should be a decent snow dump for areas that get NW flow lake effect (SW Corner of the State (buryin’ Berrien) and Oceana Co. to the north). Time to get the plows back on the trucks. We also get 1-3″ of snow Weds. PM – Thurs. AM. Next week could be the coldest week of the winter. ALSO: 900 people injured as major snowstorm hits Japan and there’s a Yellow Warning for the U.K. for snow and ice. Schools were closed and dozens of traffic accidents were reported. There was a lot of snow in SE Alaska. Finally, WOW, talk about the Biggest Loser! AND – Jimmy Kimmel and L.A. weathercaster’s talk about the cold in California.