For the first time in 5 years the ice caves have emerged near Bayfield, WI in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Here are some amazing images from there thanks to Adam Scott!
Here’s another great shot from my good friend Melissa Ganje Kramolis from inside the caves!
Cold Star to 2014
Part of the reason for the ice caves emerging once again is the fact that it has been a very cold start to 2014. Take a look at the North America temperature anomaly so far this month. Note how much below average the eastern half the U.S. is and especially near the Upper Midwest. Meanwhile, the western half of the country has been quite a bit warmer than average to start the year.
(Image courtesy: WeatherBell.com)
Cold Week Ahead
Surprise, surprise… it appears that the eastern U.S. will be cold once again this week as our persistent trough of low pressure shuffles cold air south of the international border. Here’s the temperature profile a few thousand feet off the ground and note the how cold it looks in the eastern U.S.
Cold End to January
According to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, the 6 to 10 day temperature outlook keeps the eastern U.S. much colder than average. Meanwhile, the western U.S. looks to stay MUCH warmer than average through the end of the month.
Within this trough of low pressure, several impulses of energy will take shape. The first of many clippers will run through the eastern U.S. from PM Monday – Tuesday with shovelable snowfall potential. Here’s the latest snowfall forecast, which suggests heavier amounts from along the Appalachians to Long Island and near Boston.
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