17 January 2014
It’s coming back. Will it be as cold as the last one at the beginning of the year? Too soon to say but there are growing signs it will last longer and may come in several waves. Numerical weather ensembles (See last two blog posts) are in remarkable agreement that the cold will return.
Model guidance is indicating temperatures as much as 40 degrees below normal by later next week!
This is also bad news for California which continues to deal with an unprecedented drought. It will stay unusually warm and dry, and more fires like the one near Los Angeles today are likely. The image below is from the NASA Aqua satellite and clearly shows the fire at midday Thursday.