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Submitted by Tim Buckley on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 10:36am.
You didn't think winter would just go without a fight did you? The chill is back, and it'll be here for a while too. But what does this mean for our weather... lets talk.
WATCH MY VIDEO DISCUSSION ABOUT THE CURRENT WEATHER PATTERN
The cold outbreak across the country is not historic (anyone who tells you so is hyping it), but it is significant. This is the type of arctic outbreak of cold air the US expects to see once or twice in a typical winter, and more so in an exceptionally cold year. It always means bitterly cold sub-zero temperatures for the northern tier of the nation, and usually some citrus concerns for the Florida peninsula.
For us, we can expect to be inconvenienced by annoying-ly cold air by our standards. Highs in the 40's will become the norm for the better part of a week, and lows in the 30's will seem "not so bad" after the many mornings of 20's that we'll surely see.
Where does this cold come from, it can't just appear out of nowhere right? It's actually originating in the coldest part of the northern hemisphere; Siberia. Check out this graphic I used on Good Morning Carolina earlier today.
The arrows on the right side of the high pressure areas show the river of wind that carries the air from Russia, across the north pole, into Canada and into the Southeast US. This "Siberian Connection" happens every so often, and when it does it always means business for cold air.
So when can we expect to warm up across North Carolina? Heading into next week it looks like our pattern will shift around a bit and that our connection to the Arctic will subside. Until then, it's in the icebox for us - without all the ice and snow. (Sorry snow lovers)
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By: Tim Buckley