Here’s a friendly reminder that the cold in our backyards here in the eastern U.S. says absolutely nothing about the global picture:

Temperature difference from normal at 7 a.m. Thursday at an altitude of 5,000 feet (

The above image shows the temperature differences from normal around the world at an altitude of about 5,000 feet. Notice the massive negative temperature anomaly portrayed by purple hues over eastern North America.  Around the rest of the world, warm oranges and reds dominate.

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Here’s another view of this massive cold pool devouring eastern North America – surrounded by relative warmth:

Image obtained using Climate Reanalyzer , Climate Change Institute, University of Maine, USA

This bizarre situation, in which the eastern U.S. is the coldest place in the world with respect to normal, has occurred repeatedly over the last 15 months.  We have written about it numerous times.

See: Eastern U.S.: Coldest spot on Earth so far in 2014 | The eastern United States: A lonely cold pocket on a feverish planet | Snowed under and frozen over: U.S. weather is off the rails, but why?

All the while, the Earth had its warmest year on record in 2014 and, 2015 began with the second warmest January on record, NOAA announced today.

January 2015 global temperature differencess from normal (NOAA)

How weird is this weather? Today, Washington, D.C. and much of the Mid-Atlantic  is colder than almost all of Alaska.  The Northeast, Ohio Valley, and Great Lakes are significantly colder than the Last Frontier.


Planet Earth has a lot of warm air to share – but, for whatever reason, keeps playing a cruel game of keep away from all of us shivering in the eastern U.S.