It didn’t quite feel like the Thanksgiving holiday for many areas west of the Mississippi River Valley Thursday. Take a look at the many record high temperatures below.
A large area of high pressure is centered across the southwestern part of the Lower 48. This is contributing to dry, sinking air which tends to warm. It also has pushed a lot of the cold air to the north, also to the east into places like the Great Lakes, New England, and Mid-Atlantic.
You can see the cooler colors of blues and greens are going to be mainly confined to the Great Lakes and Northeast while the warmer air in yellows and oranges sits across the Southwest and western half of the country. This pattern will likely break down during next week as colder air looks to more successfully invade the West.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier