Happy New Year all!!! As you know, I love statistics, charts, graphs, maps, etc. So it’s a no-brainer that I would do a “year in review” about our weather in 2014. Let’s start with the “top stories” of the year for our area.
1) EF-1 Tornado in Ellsworth Township on July 8
It was a wild afternoon of weather and this tornado caused structural damage to parts of Ellsworth Township and the Canfield area. The twister tracked for nearly 5 miles with a maximum width of 800 yards and estimated wind speed of 90 mph.
2) Coldest Weather in 20 Years in January
It had been since 1994 that we had cold this severe. Wind chills were as low as -25 or so a couple of mornings. The worst of the cold occurred in 2 separate waves, one early in the month and one toward the end of January.
3) Unusually cool weather in mid-Summer; highs in the 60s several days in July
4) Early season cold and snow in November
5) 2nd least snowy December on record; mild as well
After a cold, snowy November, December was a dud! Pacific air dominated the pattern and less than 1″ of snow was recorded in Youngstown. Snow lovers and those who depend on snow to make a living were not happy.
Let’s dive into some other statistics for 2014.
WHEN WILL IT SNOW AGAIN??? WILL JANUARY BE COLD??
Let’s look ahead to what the next few week have in store. It’s cold out now, but a weekend warm up is coming with rain. AFTER that though, the pattern will turn cold for a handful of days. Here’s the jet stream next Wednesday: Notice the ridge on the West Coast and Alaska. The air over our region will have originated over the Arctic Circle (follow the lines over Ohio NE into Canada and into the Arctic.) This will result in a couple of days where temperatures may not get out of the teens:
Will it come with snow? Maybe. There will certainly be at least some flurries around at times next week as the Great Lakes will interact with the frigid air. I think the best chance of a “general” snow will be with a “clipper” system on Tuesday, as shown on the GFS model: It’s much too early to speculate on accumulations from a storm that could track far enough away that we get nothing. But, clippers that take favorable tracks are capable of producing enough snow to shovel and plow.
There are signals that the last 1/3 of January and all of February will be the “heart” of Winter with the most opportunities for snow and harsh cold in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Thanks for reading!