‘Severe and punishing’ Weather Headed To Eastern US By End of January

It seems those in the eastern part of the country may have “severe and punishing” weather to look forward to in less than two weeks, with cold to chill the bones and “heightened storminess.”

That grim news is a result of weather model forecasts cited by the Washington Post, which warns of the consequences of a recent three-way split of the polar vortex—a low-pressure area of cold air that hovers over the planet’s poles, and which on occasion expands southward from the Arctic, bringing bitingly extreme weather with it.

In this year’s case, the weakening of the polar vortex in early January was caused by a sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) that then spurred the vortex “to split into three distinct circulation areas,” per the Weather Channel. What that split means is more cold air headed south toward Russia, Europe, Canada, and, eventually, the US.

However, exactly when and how the vortex may affect us is unclear, as it typically takes weeks for the effects of this weather event to manifest itself in conditions on the ground.

What forecasters are predicting so far, though, is that it will be as much as 25 degrees colder than normal by the end of the weekend in the center of the US and in the east. And that may only be an “appetizer,” per the Post.

One weather watcher observes that the weather pattern we may see by the end of January or early February “will be a lot more impressive.”

“This is about the coldest planetary-scale pattern you can ask for,” he notes of current weather-pattern maps.

A “wild, wintry ride” is what one meteorologist predicts for the eastern US and Europe at the end of the month, noting both the US and European modeling systems are in sync on what could be heading our way.

Can the snow in Siberia give us a clue as to what’s happening?

Edited via Newser.

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3 Responses to ‘Severe and punishing’ Weather Headed To Eastern US By End of January

  1. jess Reply

    January 17, 2019 at 11:59 am

    I dunno about the east but two days guys TWO DAYS and 2 earthquakes along with the non stop rain** we are having, End of the world as we know it is here in California. alright they were just baby eqs at less than 4 but still the earth moved under my feet, maybe, I may have been sleeping this morning I dunno :).

    **Means good skiing two weekends in a row I will be doing.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      January 17, 2019 at 5:39 pm

      I LOVE California. Lived in Escondido for three years many years ago, formative years you know, and LOVE California. Then I spent time in LA, which I didn’t love, and Santa Monica which I LOVE LOVE LOVE. Never went to Northern Cali. Always wanted to. Will someday.

      • jess Reply

        January 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm

        I love CA too Mike. Who knows though, I might really like Scotland next month and I might be torn, hey it could happen. when Kent and I went to vacay in Italy I could have stayed there it was so beautiful but came home. When mom and I took dad’s ashes to Thailand I could have stayed there I could have stayed but I did not, see where I am going with this. Every place I go I could live there but norCal is my home. New guy I am seeing is from Florida originally with his family still there and only moved here to CA because of Air Force duty and decided to stay to become a firefighter after his service ended and says he would love to take me there, I told him dude I have known you 5 minutes, we’re not talking about that yet AT ALL. He could be like a Florida man axe murderer for all we know 😉

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