It’s already the 17th day of spring! But it seems that winter weather is never going to end this year. Look at these headlines about how Americans across the Midwest and East Coast are enjoying that pleasantly warm spring weather we’ve all come to know and love:
- Don’t hate me, but record-setting cold and snow are about to sweep across the US [Mashable]
- Spring Fails to Start in the Midwest and East With Three Snowmakers Expected Into This Weekend [The Weather Channel]
- Endless winter: Waves of cold, snow to punish Midwest and East [USA Today]
- Unusual, record-breaking April cold to crash into eastern U.S. Friday through the weekend [Washington Post]
- Damaging storms slam Midwest, southern US, leaving over 70,000 without power (pictures) [Strange Sounds]
That can’t be right. A mass delusion must have swept over US reporters. Let’s check a source from across the pond:
US weather latest: Cold snap across America to break records for April weather [The Independent]
Ah, well. It appears that winter is indeed refusing to go away and might decide to get worse again, with the potential for more snow and record-breaking low temperatures in the US.
Why is this happening?
For one, a polar vortex has been chilling over the Hudson Bay in Canada for months now, sending waves of cold (and contributing to all those nor’easters that hit the East Coast in March), and it’s still going:
— Ryan Maue | weather.us (@RyanMaue) April 2, 2018
So what does that mean for temperatures in the coming week? Do you really want to know? Here ya go:
You want snow too? Mother Nature has you covered. The following map shows the snow amounts across the country with more than a foot in the Rockies, 2-3″ inches in St. Louis and 2-6″ in NYC:
— NWS (@NWS) April 5, 2018
We would blame Punxsutawney Phil for seeing his shadow in February, but we’re well beyond 6 weeks now. Now we’re just angry.