Monday Morning Cold & Satellite Analysis

Written by on January 27, 2014 in NatGasWeather - No comments

Impressive Arctic Front Blasting Through The Central US

 

The final impressive Arctic blast of the series continues powering through the Plains and Midwest this morning and will sweep through the eastern US over the next 24 hours.   Temperatures have plummeted behind the front by as much as 40°F over much of the north-central US leading to temperatures dropping well below zero.  Much of the central and eastern US will experience temperatures 15-30F colder than normal today and Tuesday before temperatures rapidly moderate Wednesday and Thursday.  This will lead to very high nat gas and energy demand for the highest use states of the northern US for the next several days. The current water vapor satellite image shows the main weather features affecting the nations weather clearly:

 

1)  The Arctic front sweeping through the central US is easy to see as the transition between drier and moister air.   It extends from Montana to Illinois, to western New York.

 

2)  Yesterday brought some light snowfall to portions of the Midwest and Northeast as a weak Canadian Clipper tracked through.  It is now moving out of the region but could still bring snowfall to portions of New England today.

 

3)  A new weaker Clipper will try to develop as a secondary save pushes into the northern Plains.  This will lead to another light band of snowfall as it becomes better organized but limited moisture will prevent widespread or heavy snowfall from occurring.

 

4)  A weak low pressure system off the California coast will move inland and will affect the weather later this week for the southern US.

 

 

5)  Finally some storms will move into the western US as this pattern change takes place later this week.

 

 

 

Monday Morning Water Vapor Satellite Image

Monday Morning Water Vapor Satellite Image

 

Current morning temperatures as of 8 am EST.  The Arctic front continues to sweep through the northern Plains and Midwest.

Current morning temperatures as of 8 am EST. The Arctic front continues to sweep through the northern Plains and Midwest with temperatures again dropping well below zero.

 

It's not difficult to tell where the Arctic air is located.  Over the Midwest and northern Plains temperatures have plummeted more than 30-40F this morning compared to the same time yesterday morning.  Much warmer air has briefly set up along the East coast with milder winds pre front.

It’s not difficult to tell where the Arctic air is located. Over the Midwest and northern Plains temperatures have plummeted more than 30-40F this morning compared to the same time yesterday morning. Much warmer air has briefly set up along the East coast with milder winds ahead of the front.

 

Very cold temperatures will set up by tonight where temperatures will be 20-35F colder than normal for much of the central and eastern US.  Only the far west will experience conditions warmer than normal.

Very cold temperatures will set up by tonight where temperatures will be 20-35F colder than normal for much of the central and eastern US. Only the far west will experience conditions warmer than normal.

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