In New England, and through much of the United States, folks are pondering the lack of intense cold and snow that has befallen the Lower 48 states through December and January. Monday night on NECN, I shared with you my expectation of above to much above normal temperatures for most of the country in the month of February (excepting Northern New England below normal, and perhaps Southern New England near normal), but Thursday night it seemed only right to focus on the opposite - cold air. Believe it or not, most of the world outside of the United States is colder than normal, and that cold has become deadly for many. I cover the latest developments world-wide in the video below, and give the meteorological explanation, tied to my February forecast for colder air in Northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes.
A few other interesting statistics before the video:
- Preliminary numbers for January from Earth Systems Science Center at the University of Alabama Huntsville show the world was .16 degrees Farenheit below the 30-year mean, the Northern Hemisphere was .11 degrees below the mean, and the Southern Hemisphere was .23 degrees below average.
- February is expected to bring much above normal temperatures to a large portion of the United States.
- The world forecast for February is for another colder than normal month.