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Southcentral Alaska's off-kilter winter continued Thursday and showed no signs of letting up anytime soon, with above-freezing temperatures destabilizing snow packs and cancelling sled dog races and classes.
The thermometer hit 48 degrees in Anchorage, tying it with 1977 for the record high for Jan. 23.
In Fairbanks, where the average high for the date was 1 degree above zero, the high Thursday was 34. Pounding rain replaced snowfall. Iced-over surfaces tangled traffic and briefly closed the Fairbanks International Airport.
High temperatures in a few cities not as warm as Anchorage Thursday:
Abilene, TX -- 34 degrees
Albany, NY -- 16 degrees
Charleston, SC -- 47 degrees
Chicago -- 10 degrees
Cincinnati -- 8 degrees
Baltimore, MD -- 24 degrees
Billings, Montana -- 27 degrees
Boise, Idaho -- 30 degrees
Boston -- 22 degrees
New York City -- 19 degrees
Pittsburgh -- 13 degrees
Washington, D.C. -- 28 degrees
(Anchorage's temperature peaked, as in Savannah, Ga., at 48 degrees )
Information from: www.nws.noaa.gov...
Temperatures across the eastern U.S. and parts of Ontario and Quebec will be at least 8 degrees below normal through Jan. 27, said Matt Rogers, president of the Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. Next week will be colder, he said.
“The crazy thing is that the current cold snap this week looks to be a bit more modest in the face of next week’s outbreak,” Rogers said. “The cold coming for the end of January is sufficient to make this the coldest month of the century so far and the coldest the Lower 48 has felt in at least 20 years.”
Temperatures in Chicago fell lower than the South Pole this month as freezing weather boosted energy consumption, grounded thousands of flights across the U.S. and disrupted operations at refineries and natural gas production sites.
Super storms, super tornadoes, super this, super that, mega this, mega that and now, Polar Vortexes...
Polar Vortex....really ??
Soon we're gonna need a new dictionary just for the new names...
Hello ladies and gentlemen and everyone else,
The weather in Phoenix has been beautiful since mid - December. For the past few weeks the high temps have been in the low to mid 70's and the low temps have been well above freezing. I don't think it dropped below 45 degrees in Phoenix yesterday. I left my home at 8:30 this morning wearing a t-shirt.
Deniers can deny, this is anything but normal.