US Extreme Weather Map of January 2014: Drought West and Polar Vortex East

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This amazing map from NOAA summarizes January 2014 extreme weather for the continental US. As clearly shown, the U.S. was divided into two nations during January, with a cool East and a warm West.

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January 2014 extreme weather continental us summarized on a map: The U.S. was divided into two nations during January, with a cool East and a warm West. Photo: NOAA

Pretty much everywhere east of the Rockies endured unusually cold conditions, while most regions west of the range experienced record-breaking warmth (most notably in California, where a devastating drought recently extended into its 13th month).

According to Mashable,

The divide between East and West during January was the result of a buckle in the jet stream that rerouted Pacific storms north, into Canada, bypassing drought-ridden California, before opening the door to the Arctic refrigerator by steering upper level winds from north to south across the East.

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