It has been hard to miss the winter weather coming a bit earlier this year than normal, but things have been a bit back and forth. One day it's brisk and perfect for a scarf and a hat and the next you're wearing short sleeves. What gives? Don't worry folks, the cold is coming! While you're lighting up the fireplace and getting ready for Christmas, be prepared. The Weather Channel said we should prepare for one cold winter season.
At this point, the United States has already seen more snow than we've had in the past 3 years. According to the Weather Channel, this trend is expected to not only bring more snow to the northern part of the country but also throughout the Midwest, the Rockies, and the Plains. If you find yourself on the Pacific coast, especially in California, don't pull out your winter gear just yet. The winter outlook is going to be warm for you, with less snow than the rest of the country. It's going to be a bit chillier for everyone on the east coast and in the mid-Atlantic. Hawaii and Florida are going to be nice too, but when aren't they?
It's looking like the coldest air is going to hit after the start of the new year. We're talking way below average temperatures in February hitting the Great Lakes (sorry Michigan) and the Northeast states as well as the Southeast.
Everyone in Texas should brace themselves because there's not going to be a mild winter this year. We'll be experiencing our coldest weather in December. Don't let the lower than normal temperatures stop you from smoking a Christmas ham though. A cold winter is no excuse to not barbecue. The good news about having a cold Christmas is it's just one more excuse to stay cozy inside in your PJs all day. No complaints here!
The Weather Channel explains that the reason for fluctuating cold this season is actually coming from the strength of the polar vortex. The polar vortex is the area of pressure and cold air surrounding the North and South Pole. When the strength is weaker (like this year), more cold air makes it's way south. It's basically the key to getting a cold and snowy winter each year.
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