T-shirts or Sweaters; Sun or Snow

T-shirts or Sweaters; Sun or Snow
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Weather Talk

POSTED: Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 4:38pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 7:11am

The United States will see a significant difference in weather this Christmas

Currently, the United States is confronted with some unfortunate weather right before the holidays.

Here in the Valley, we are fotunate enough to look forward to clear and warm weather for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

But for those who have plans to travel, your luck may not be in your favor this year.

According to NBC News, freezing rain, snow, ice and thunderstorms are causing major damage for millions of holiday travelers from the Louisiana Gulf Coast to eastern Canada.

A large ice storm swept through New York State, Vermont, New Hampshire and central Maine, knocking out power to thousands of customers. According to NBC News about 400,000 people and businesses in both New York and Michigan were affected.

According to the aviation tracking website FlightAware.com, more than 7,500 flights had been delayed and 831 cancelled across the country on Sunday.

Some 11,300 flights were delayed on Saturday and 767 were cancelled, according to the website.

And right now its not all cold weather.

Unseasonably warm weather was moving ahead of the front, with much of the East Coast seeing highs in the 70s along with high humidity.

New York City’s Central Park hit a record-setting 65 degrees Saturday.

Meteorologists are saying that the very warm, near record-breaking temperatures in the East and very cold air in the Midwest, are perfect conditions for not only winter weather, but also tornadoes.

And for many parts of the country, this kind of winter weather will last well through Christmas.

I love this quote from NBC News, "While in Oklahoma and eastern Missouri, drivers were forced to navigate icy streets, in Memphis, Tenn., residents strolled around in T-shirts."

That is just to show how different our weather pattern is in cities that are just a few hundred miles apart.

Here are some interesting weather events that took place on December 22 throughout history.

In 1961: Holiday travel was paralyzed over extreme northeastern Kansas, and adjacent parts of Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. The storm produced 5 to 15 inches of snow, with drifts up to ten feet high. (Weather Channel)

1983: On the first day of winter 75 cities reported record low temperatures for the date, with twelve of those cities reporting record low temperatures for the month as a whole. The mercury plunged to 51 degrees below zero at Wisdom MT, and Waco TX set an all-time record low a reading of 12 above zero. (National Weather Summary)

1989: A total of 137 cities across the central and eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Thirty-five of those cities established record lows for the month of December.

Morning lows of 23 degrees BELOW ZERO at Kansas City MO, 26 degrees BELOW ZERO at Concordia KS, and 27 degrees BELOW ZERO at Goodland KS established all-time records for those three locations.

Unofficial morning lows included 50 degrees BELOW ZERO at Recluse WY and 60 degrees BELOW ZERO at Rochford SD.

Broadus MT and Hardin MT tied for honors as the official cold spot in the nation with morning lows of 47 degrees BELOW ZERO. Chinook winds at Cutbank MT helped warm the temperature 74 degrees, from a morning low of 34 degrees below zero to an afternoon high of 40 degrees. (National Weather Summary)

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