Why Has It Been So Cold This Winter?

  Click image to view Arctic Oscillation video.

In this video I explain what is called the arctic oscillation.  It has played a big role in bringing cold arctic air into the southern part of the United States this year and last.  Even though we are in the midst of big-time warm up, we will end up setting record cold temperatures for the month of February no matter how the month ends. 

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2 Responses

  1. Winter is on the way out…What does the future hold for rain? The last 2-3 years have been rather dry…strange for a coastal region isn’t it?

    • Hi Dennis,
      It isn’t strange for a coastal regions to be dry or go through droughts. It takes more than just being close to water to get rain. For us this winter we’ve been influenced by a La Nina pattern which usually brings dry winter conditions to the southeastern United States. One of the driest places in the world is in Peru within sight of the Pacific Ocean. Winds blowing from land go out to sea keeping all of the moisture over the ocean. California can get really dry when the Santa Ana Winds get going and do the same thing.

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