The wave after wave of bitter cold that has walloped the eastern half of the U.S. since the start of 2014 has truly been an anomaly set against the temperature pattern around the rest of the world. Incredibly, the eastern U.S. is the only region of the world that has been colder than normal each of the first three months this calendar year.
Here’s January’s map:
And here’s February:
So the tens of millions of winter weary residents of the eastern U.S. shouldn’t let the frigid weather in their backyard cloud their view of the relatively warm planet.
While March produced areas of exceptional cold in the Great Lakes and Northeast – it was the third warmest March on record for the globe, 2 degrees (F) warmer than (the 1950-1981) average according to NASA.
The weather in the western U.S. this calendar year, characterized by much above normal to record-setting warmth, has more closely reflected the global state of affairs.
Perhaps not coincidentally, the distribution of temperatures around the globe today, April 16, mimics the pattern so common this year:
There’s that eastern cold pocket again…