As I write this we are preparing for the first true winter storm that will arrive starting tonight (Saturday) and last into tomorrow and Monday according to the current forecast. We may get 4-8"of heavy, moisture laden snow coming up from the south in Texas here in central Virginia. Right now at 10:15 am it is currently 65 degrees and will get even warmer perhaps!
By all accounts this has been a very weird winter.....Los Angeles was warmer in January than July, the western ski resorts have been bare ground and hundreds have died from a frigid cold snap in Europe. If you saw the movie "The Day After Tomorrow" you can't help but wonder what is going on?
NASA is in the weather monitoring business and has come up with some interesting data and conclusions on what is happening with this winter. It all has to do with "Arctic Oscillation".
This map shows temperature anomalies for Europe and western Russia from January 25 to February 1, 2012, compared to temperatures for the same dates from 2001 to 2011. The anomalies are based on land surface temperatures observed by the MODIS instrument on NASA’s Terra satellite.
Read More About It: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/16feb_deepfreeze/
We'll let you know how it goes weather-wise tomorrow.
Sky Guy in Sunny (for now) VA