Blast of Arctic Air To Strike US Next Week

A polar vortex will strike the US Central states early next week, according to AccuWeather.

“We are anticipating that a strong push of Arctic air will take place into the US during the second and third week of February,” said AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.

“We expect the upcoming big discharge of Arctic air to target the interior West and northern Plains initially, where it might be more persistent as February progresses,” Pastelok said.

Thanks to Bill Sellers for this link

13 thoughts on “Blast of Arctic Air To Strike US Next Week”

  1. I’ve stopped worrying about the spread of nCov.

    This considerate virus, everywhere outside of China, has confined itself, so far, to middle class venues — airplanes and cruise ships.

    It is not to be found in any of the world’s ghettos, Chinatowns (where, presumably, illegal Chinese immigrants would go to blend in), amongst ship’s crews of container ships, infecting criminals, druggies, or the dirt poor.

    This disease, so far, is only infecting people who responsibly turn themselves into medical authorities.

    How does this virus expect to reach Pandemic status if it keeps behaving like that?

    • I agree with you.
      I used to work in Boston’s Combat Zone – infamous for crime (but where I worked was the USDA/Tufts University Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging) and the walk from the subway to work every morning I had to go through Chinatown. It was absolutely the most disgustingly filthy place (similar to what you now hear about the streets of San Francisco). ALL restaurants just threw their garbage out into the street where you’d see rats getting there fill and walking meant I had to walk around passed out drunks and addicts

      It really make me think twice about eating at any Chinese restaurant.

      Also, during the big earthquake in San Francisco (don’t remember exact date but it was around 1917)… there was a plague outbreak which started in Chinatown. Covered up,, but there were about 300 cases and eventually that got into the wildlife population and spread throughout the western US where it is now endemic (look up sylvatic plague).

  2. Winter is far from over — regardless of what Phil or Greta feel about things. We just had a quite nice “January thaw” (as we called it in my younger days.) It was pleasant but weather is cyclical and what goes up (temperature) also comes down, at times.

  3. This will not affect the east coast sadly! We haven’t had a winter! Flowers are starting to bloom! # no more winters for the southeast!

      • Same over here in the UK, so far we haven’t had a winter in the south although there have been intermittent snow showers Up North and in Scotland. Here, the tree blossom is beginning to come out and even the daisies.

        But as my mother used to say: We’ll pay for this later!

  4. Well, southern Arizona got itself a blast of Arctic are the past few days. It was 23 degrees F yesterday morning when I got up and just a little warming this morning. I’m in Green Valley, which is about 20 miles south of Tucson and about 60 miles north of the border.

    • Is that unusual? Deserts commonly freeze.Even as late as Easter. Thats when the smudge pots came out and the wind machines fired up, every man woman and child helped to save the Oranges!

      • Not unusual so much as a surprise to me (I just moved here in August). I had a layperson’s notion of what to expect in AZ and it certainly is hot in summer!

        But then I had a class in landscaping in the desert earlier this week and the person teaching it (a professional landscape architect) told us the average low for Green Valley is 10-15F, but occasionally it’s gotten down to below 10F here at night and during those spells it only got to low 20s by day. Occasional snow. But that’s not every year.

        They also mentioned how confusing it is to those of us new to gardening here… because the USDA plant zone maps assume same elevation everywhere which is not true. Apparently the Sunset zone maps are better to use in AZ because they take elevation into consideration… and it’s actually our lows that constrain what will grow well here vs. not.

        Green Valley’s average elevation is 2,900 ft above sea level (but that’s in town and we have lots of microclimates – I have plants that froze the past week when the same plants did not 3 houses away that are just up the hill a bit); also that doesn’t include Madera Canyon not that far from here but which is up to 4,911 feet) while Tucson’s elevation only 23 miles away is only 2,643 … enough difference to make these all different plant zones. Interesting, but I didn’t realize it when I moved here.

        Apparently all that has to do with why saguaro cactus (native only to the Sonoran desert) grow wild in and around Tucson … and though they are planted extensively in landscapes in Green Valley they are not native to this place and can die off in colder winters (but can take years before you can tell they died). All strange but interesting!

      • Deserts are defined by the amount of precipitation, not how hot they get. My understanding is that the Arctic tundra is a desert! Not sure all deserts freeze but major drops in temps by night are certainly common.

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