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Record Warmth For The East Coast Late Week

After a frigid February for most of the United States, March and meteorological spring has been much warmer! While astronomical spring isn’t until later this month spring-like temperatures are going to be in place for the Eastern U.S. through the rest of the work week. Temperatures will be well above average and in some cases, record highs could be broken!

This warmup started over the weekend in the central U.S. and continued through Monday and Tuesday. The central U.S. was very warm due to a strong ridge of high pressure. A number of records were broken both days across the High Plains, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes!

The reason for all of these warm temperatures is due to the jet stream pattern. An upper level ridge of high pressure moved from the Southwest U.S. Sunday into the Central Plains Tuesday. Ridges produce sinking air which warms as it lowers to the surface. This creates the warm bubble of above average temperatures surrounding the ridge in addition to blocking any cold fronts that could try to move through.

By midweek, a cold front will drive through the Northern Plains, halting some of the recent warm-up. Even after the front passes, high temperatures will fall to near average for this time of year.

But very warm early spring temperatures will stay in place from the Midwest to the East Coast through Friday. More record highs are likely to fall from upstate New York and Vermont to Washington, DC with highs in the 70s!

Temperatures in Boston and New York City could reach on the order of 20°-25° above average by the end of the week!

Nationally, the temperature outlook through the mid to late March timeframe favors warmer than average for the East Coast and cooler than average for the western U.S. The darker red colors indicate increasing confidence that temperatures will be above average, not the departure from average.

And now that it’s March and warmer temperatures are in the forecast across the country, the likelihood of severe weather becomes higher as cold fronts and low pressure systems pass through. Click on the following links for more info:

Severe Storm Risk Increasing for Oklahoma and Kansas on Wednesday

A Strong Storm to Affect the Central U.S. Late Week

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Kara has always been passionate about weather and knew from an early age that she wanted to become a meteorologist. Living in different regions of the country and experiencing weather events ranging from ice storms to tornadoes drove her to pursue a bachelor's degree in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma. Throughout college, storm chasing became a regular event for Kara, where she saw fir... Load Morest-hand the power of the atmosphere. Kara graduated cum laude from OU and decided to further her meteorology education with a Master's degree from Mississippi State University. The deadly April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak struck while Kara was studying at MSU; her first “Dixie Alley” tornado event and an up close glimpse into the destruction of the storms she so closely studied. Her broadcast career began in Elvis’ birthplace, Tupelo, Mississippi, where she earned her Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorological Society. Kara's career has included coverage of all types of severe weather including tornado events, flooding and tropical systems across multiple southern states. Recently she helped cover the 2020 Easter Sunday deadly tornado outbreak in southeast Mississippi. In her free time, you can find Kara outdoors exploring new areas with her mini poodle,Truffles. Kara is also an avid runner and frequently races in 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons. Say hi to Kara on Twitter and Facebook!