Weather Extremes – Blistering Cold, Sweltering Heat

Many folks in the U.S. woke up to face extreme cold temperatures today. As yesterday’s winter storm is leaving, a cold front is moving in. In anticipation of this Arctic blast, Winter Chill Warnings and Advisories cover parts of Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and northern Iowa.

Credit: WeatherBug

Credit: WeatherBug

Not only is it super cold, the wind is kicking up, causing dangerous wind chill. Here are the highest wind gusts so far today observed by our network:

  • Nantucket, MA – gust 58 mph at 5:22 a.m. ET
  • Memorial Airport in Nantucket, MA – gust 54 mph at 4:52 a.m. ET
  • Provincetown, MA (Cape Cod) – gust 52 mph at 6:15 a.m. ET
  • Scituate, MA – gust 51 mph at 5:08 a.m. ET
  • Hyannis, MA (Cape Cod) – gust 51 mph at 6:43 a.m. ET
  • Marion, MA – gust 49 mph at 2:43 a.m. ET
  • Eastham, MA – gust 49 mph at 5:52 a.m. ET

But it doesn’t look like we’ll get any relief soon. Next week, the coldest air mass in a number of years will affect the eastern half of the U.S.!

Credit: WeatherBug

Credit: WeatherBug

Here are some of the coldest places in the U.S. forecasted for next Tuesday morning:

  • DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC – near zero
  • Chicago – 20 below zero
  • Detroit, St. Louis, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Omaha, Kansas City – near 10 below zero
  • Cleveland, Indianapolis – near 15 below zero
  • Madison, Minneapolis, Fargo – 25 below zero
  • Raleigh, Atlanta, Birmingham , OKC – near 10 above zero
Credit: Wonderlane via Flickr

Credit: Wonderlane via Flickr

While Americans are freezing solid from this blistering cold, all the way on the side of the planet, Australians are melting as it’s summer time there right now. According to the Australian government’s Bureau of Meteorology, the continent recorded its hottest year ever!

Credit: Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Credit: Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Average temperatures were 1.20°C (34.16°F) above the long-term average of 21.8°C (71.24°F)! All states and territories in Australia recorded above average temperatures in 2013, with Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia all breaking annual average temperature records.

Credit: huskyte77 via Flickr

Credit: huskyte77 via Flickr

A new record was also set for the number of consecutive days the national average exceeded 39°C (102.2°F) which is now 7 days (recorded January 2 through 8, 2013) — almost doubling the previous record of 4 days from 1973!



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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team




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