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But why is this happening?
The reason is changes in Arctic winds that are redirecting snow and cold. Instead of dipping down low, the jet stream winds that normally bring cold and snow south got trapped up north. It’s called the Arctic Oscillation. Think of it as a cousin to the famous El Nino.
When the Arctic Oscillation is in a positive phase, the winds spin fast in the Arctic keeping the cold north. But in the past few days, the Arctic Oscillation turned negative, though not in its normal way, Halpert said. The cold jet stream dipped in Europe and Asia, but is still bottled up over North America.
That’s because another weather phenomena, called the North Atlantic Oscillation is playing oddball by staying positive and keeping the cold away from the rest of North America. About 90 percent of the time, the North Atlantic and Arctic oscillations are in sync, Halpert said. But not this time, so much of the United States is escaping the winter’s worst.
Originally posted by dontreally
This may be good weather to someone who doesn't have a dog to walk; this weather is the worst: it means having to clean her from the mud everytime I take her out
“Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.”
Mark Twain quotes (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910)
Originally posted by mamabeth
reply to post by bigyin
Where I live it is 59 degrees outside on the first of february.
We should be having cold winds and snow.I figure we will
get our "winter" weather in april,may and june! Just in time
for spring planting.
reply to post by ISis12RA12ELohim
...another thing is, there is a bird here where I live that makes a unique sound, kinda like an owls who...
A study by Cornell University says this winter that wasn’t has led to an explosion in mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. It also means deer haven’t had a hard time finding things to eat.