Eastern U.S.: Coldest spot on Earth so far in 2014

2014, through May, ranks as the fifth warmest on record on Earth, NOAA reports today. If you glance at a map of temperatures compared to normal across our home planet, you see almost all red – warmth all around the world.


Temperatures around the world compared to normal January through May, 2014 (NOAA)

Pockets of blue – portraying cold – are few and far between.

Link: Earth has warmest May on record, may signal warmest year in pipeline

But look where the biggest pool of blue on Earth lies: smack dab over the eastern U.S. roughly between the Mississippi River and Appalachian Mountains. While the Earth has been laying the groundwork for one of its warmest years on record, this part of the world has shivered, witnessing one of its top 10 coldest years on record.


Statewide temperature rankings January-May 2014 (NOAA)

In the global map, notice the particularly deep shade of blue over Lake Superior. That explains a lot – like the longest duration of lake ice on record – which took until the second week of June to finally melt away.

Residents of the eastern U.S. who are just starting to thaw out after the brutal polar vortex winter should appreciate what they experienced was an anomaly.

Related: The eastern United States: A lonely cold pocket on a feverish planet

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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Jason Samenow · June 23, 2014