Hey Jim -- Why So Cold This Winter?
Hey Jim why is it so cold this winter? That's a question a lot of us are asking. News 3 Chief Meteorologist Jim Rasor explains why.
One lobe of the coldest air in northern hemisphere continues to drift a little farther south than it is normally.
That lobe tends to hang around Hudson Bay, but this winter is sitting more in the Great Lakes. That subtle shift pushes the jet stream farther south allowing colder air to move through here, and occasionally all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
The X marks the spot where the lobe normally hangs out.
Just a couple of winters ago the batch of cold air anchored over Alaska giving them record cold and snow while we had a mild winter.
Wind: 9 MPH
Humidity: 50 %