Cool Year for the U.S.

August 16th, 2014 at 12:35 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

YearTDeptUS   Click on the image (from the High Plains Regional Climate Center).  This is the departure from average temperature for the U.S. for Jan. 1, 2014 to Aug. 14, 2014.  You can see it’s been a cool year for most areas east of the Rockies and warmer than average in the Western U.S.  The departures from average of over 6 degrees across the Northern Plains into the western Great Lakes are impressive.   Grand Rapids is -3.65° for the year.  Since Jan. 1, Grand Rapids has had 23.72″ of precipitation and that’s 0.84″ above average.   The warmest day of 2014 in G.R. has been 89° on 7/22 and the coldest -12° on 2/28.  G.R. has had 9 days with 100% sunshine and 32 days with 0% sunshine.

Also, check out the plane escaping either a tornado or large funnel cloud in England.

5 Responses to “Cool Year for the U.S.”

  1. dano (Norton Shores) says:

    Any indications of what you think this winter might bring? I know it’s early, but this pattern seems to want to hang on.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Near normal temps and well above average SNOWFALL! Get ready!

  2. Jeff Klepper says:

    Is this winter going to be similar to last? Have you been able to look at records and find a similar weather pattern and how it effected the winter of that year. I plow snow in winter an would like to try to plan for this one. I have always thought your forecasts have been the most accurate and I have Woodtv8 on phone for the forecast and radar unfortunately I am going to have delete the app because of the commercials, pop ups etc. It seems your company cares more for the advertising than the public who uses the info from your site. I do not have time to watch all the garbage they have now instead of what I need to use.

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Right now we are headed toward a weak La-Nina. Many of the factors that tilt toward a colder than average and snowier than average winter are still in place (warm pool in the North Pacific promoting a ridge in the West and trough in the East). I don’t think we’re quite as cold as last winter. It’s hard to get two consecutive months 9 degrees colder than average! But I wouldn’t bet on a warm winter. I also think winter weather starts earlier this year with snow in November. Keep reading the blog – I’ll drop the hints as we get into early fall.

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    A cool year for the US? How is that possible? Travis said the US was well above average most of the year! Oh well, just more evidence that you can not trust a word that Travis utters! His global warming sickness has taken control of his personality! Who knew?

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