Winter Weather Whiplash

Much of the Eastern seaboard is leaving record-setting lows behind as the Polar Vortex retreats northward. While the past several days delivered an Arctic chill to about 250 million people from the Midwest and along the East Coast from Florida to Maine, many of these same areas will soon be experiencing temperatures 40 to 50 degrees warmer from just a few days ago.

It’s enough to give anyone in the affected areas a case of what we’re calling winter weather whiplash as we catapult from record cold to above-normal temperatures.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the lowest lows from the winter chill and a look ahead to the forecast warmer temperatures from locations across the country as we begin to recover from the cold:

Chicago hit a record low of -16 degrees on January 6. In fact, the city had a 37-hour streak in which temperatures stayed below zero. By this weekend, temperatures will rise to the mid- to upper-30s – almost toasty in comparison!

Caption: Chicago in the grip of the Polar Vortex. Credit – Edward Stojakovic (akasped) via Flickr

Caption: Chicago in the grip of the Polar Vortex. Credit – Edward Stojakovic (akasped) via Flickr

On Tuesday, Detroit set a new record low of -14 degrees, breaking the old record of -7 set in 1924. This weekend will bring highs in the mid- to upper-30s.

Caption: Detroit airport tarmac – Credit Mike Gifford (m.gifford) via Flickr

Caption: Detroit airport tarmac –Credit Mike Gifford (m.gifford) via Flickr

Temperatures were in the teens in Boston this week, but will reach into the mid-50s this weekend.

Caption: Burst pipe on Congress Street in Boston. Credit - Tim Pierce (qwrrty) via Flickr

Caption: Burst pipe on Congress Street in Boston. Credit – Tim Pierce (qwrrty) via Flickr

Other record lows from this week that may surprise you:

  • Birmingham, Ala., recorded a new record low of 7 degrees. Temperatures are forecast to approach the upper 50s this weekend.
  • On Thursday, Flint, Mich., shattered its old record of -8 degrees with a new record: -16 degrees. Saturday, temperatures will rise into the low 40s.
  • Also on Thursday, a record low temperature of 19 degrees was set at North Myrtle Beach, SC, breaking the old record of 23 set in 1951. Sunday’s forecast is clear with highs in the 60s.
  • Pittsburgh reached a new record low of -9 degrees on Tuesday – breaking the old record of -5 set back in 1884.
  • Miami – home of sun, sand and palm trees – hit a record low maximum temperature of 58 degrees on Tuesday — breaking the record low maximum of 61 degrees set in 2006.
  • Central Park in New York City hit a record low of 4 degrees on Tuesday — breaking the old record of 6 set in 1896. Temperatures will climb into the mid-50s on Saturday.

It was so cold, even the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland froze up! But by Saturday, temperatures will be well above normal, with highs zooming into the 60s.


Just remember that warmer temperatures on are the way!

Forecasted high temperatures for Saturday:

Forecast High Temperatures for Saturday. Credit: Earth Networks - WeatherBug

Forecast High Temperatures for Saturday. Credit: Earth Networks – WeatherBug

 

Stay Safe! Know Before™.

The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team

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