It is a tale of two completely different stories. In the West, it has finally cooled off with temperatures falling to their lowest levels all season and record lows falling in a few dozen locations this week. But arguably, the east is even crazier and the exact opposite.
Very warm and moist air arrived early in the week and has continued to build over the last couple of days. Since then hundreds of daily records have fallen including all-time monthly warm temperatures for both highs and lows.
Chicago had overnight lows in the 50s, with New York City nearly hit 80 degrees, breaking their all-time FEBRUARY record high by 6 degrees! Even Tampa, Florida broke a monthly record high at 89. Nearly 50 eastern cities hit monthly record highs this week before the heat comes crashing down.
The cold front that's been slowly sliding across the country the last 2 days has been one of the most amazing things I've seen in years... just look at a loop of the last 48 hours... pic.twitter.com/5l1PPxKV2L— Cody Matz (@CodyMatzFox9) February 22, 2018
All of this stems around a dramatic ridge/trough pattern across the U.S. where the Jet Stream dives in the west, allowing cold arctic air to head southward, and then shoots north to nearly the North Pole, allowing warm tropical air all the way to Canada, something that doesn’t typically happen until April, or even May.
In between is Minnesota where temperatures have been cool, but only slightly below average. But this type of pattern also typically keeps our weather pattern around here very active, and that will live up to normalcy as Minnesota has two different shots at needing our snow blowers over the next few days; one late Thursday and Thursday night, and the other Saturday night into Sunday morning. 7-day forecast at fox9.com/weather.
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