>Japan gets Struck by 5.2 Magnitude Earthquake 45 miles West of Tokyo, Europe Growing Colder

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BREAKING NEWS: A 5.2 magnitude Earthquake has struck 45 miles west of Tokyo, Japan!

Today’s Global Weather Headlines

Europe & Long Range Latest

High Pressure Brings Fine, Dry, Settled Saturday to UK, Snow Potential for Sunday?

Fog/cloud hug tops of the Campsie Fells this afternoon as morning cloud gives way to sunshine
(Photo courtesy of Mark Vogan)

Today will see the last of the intense, fast moving showers push southeastwards across England and Wales which gives way to widespread clearer, calmer skies. Those conditions combined with a colder air mass in place will set the scene for a colder night ahead than of late across much of Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern and central England, only the south or southeast may hold onto those showers through tonight.

High pressure building in sets the stage for a bright, beautiful, seasonably cold day on Saturday for most. Highs will range from 4-6C across Scotland down through the Midlands, 7-8C in the south.

POSSIBLE SNOW FOR UK ON SUNDAY?

By Sunday, the pressures drop enough over the western UK which will allow the stalled front offshore to the west to push in, however, with cold air in place over the UK, it’s possible that a period of snow preceeds a turn to milder air but there is a lot of uncertainly over the scenario justnow. Shall keep you posted tomorrow.

Injection of Siberian Air To Make Europe A Whole Lot Colder
FIRSTHAND WEATHER

While the UK sees Atlantic weather trying to push in from the west, it’s slamming up against resistence from the south, north and east all thanks to high pressure which will continue building over Scandinavia and Russia high stopping that eastward progression of Atlantic fronts. Pressures slowly break down in the west and therefore should allow the front to nudge further east into the west of the UK by Sunday which may provide some snow to areas.

The deep trough and pool of cold air covering all of Europe except the west is continuing to force the jet stream well to the south over the Mediteranean bringing wet and windy weather across far southern Europe, inland from the coast and especially over the higher terrain, any precipitation will fall as snow.

SIBERIAN AIR SET TO DEEPEN COLD OVER EUROPE NEXT 5-7 DAYS

Between the high over northwest Russia and an upper low northeast of the Black Sea, these steering winds around these systems will draw west, southwestwards a finger of high octane Siberian air which will work it’s way through Europe during next week and looks set to bring some extremely cold temperatures to Russia west and southwest thorugh Poland, Germany and eventually reaching the low countries and the UK-Ireland, as well as that, this arctic/Siberian air will reach the Med coast and I believe it possible, that if we see moisture in the air, we could very likely see some snowfall down to sea level along the Med coast.

Coldest Air in More Than a Year to Grip Eastern Europe
ACCUWEATHER.COM

Serbia declares snow emergency

An emergency was declared following severe wind, snow and cold in the last few days across Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania as national infrastructure including schools, transport were shut down.

Deep snow in Serbia
(Photo courtesy of 24.com UR)

European Model Persistent In East With Intensifying Cold, More Uncertainty In West, But Why?

While models are physically seeing 1) the cold pool already in place over the east, 2) the high pressure centre over northwest Russia 3) the strong upper low north of the Black Sea and 4) the severe cold over western Siberia, this allows a persistency for predicting the intensification of this already cold air over eastern Europe in the next 5-7 days. The high and low act like wheels in transporting Siberian air west, southwest and ultimately charging the cold pool already there. Read More

US Latest

Messy, Very Mild Morning Along Eastern Seaboard

Friday is a real messy one up the East Coast thanks to the presence of a cold front which is drawing cooler air in on the backside from the Midwest/Ohio Valley and pullung warm, moist air north along this front, so, while it’s a soaking morning and early afternoon, winds are blowing strong and temps have been rising into the unusually mild upper 50s to low 60s up along the Philadelphia to New York City stretch of I-95. Just north of NYC lies a warm front and to the north of this, the air is cooler, thus explaining why NYC is in the upper 50s today while Boston won’t get out of the mid-40s. Further north into New England we see a rain of rain, freezing rain and snow up over northern New Hampshire and Maine.

Tonight and into tomorrow should see relief with the front kicking out into the Atlantic and a much drier, cooler Saturday returns but back west into the Ohio Valley and across the Great Lakes, snow showers while cause some travel issues in prone areas surrounding the Lakes.

Note the very mild air drawn due north up the I-95.

Major Trough to Establish itself in the East
FIRSTHAND WEATHER

Expert Video: Storm Blasts Through East, Cold Air Coming
ACCUWEATHER.COM

Slippery Coating of Snow Marks Midwest Cold Push
ACCUWEATHER.COM

Wonderful Weekend for Much of the South
ACCUWEATHER.COM

January 2012 Breaks Heat, Cold, Snow and Tornado Records
ACCUWEATHER.COM

Dissapointing Snow Totals since Dec 1st

Australia Latest

Category 2 Cyclone Iggy Spins Off Northwest Coast

THE EXTREMES OF THE DAY

TODAY’S US EXTREMES
COURTESY OF ACCUWEATHER

HIGH: 89° at Fort Lauderdale, FL
LOW: -14° at Stanley, ID

TODAY’S UK EXTREMES
COURTESY OF THE MET OFFICE

HIGH: 51° (10.5°C) at Swanage (Dorset)
LOW: 19° (-7°C) at Kinbrace (Sutherland)

TODAY’S EXTREMES HERE AT MY HOUSE

HIGH: 40°
LOW: 28°

Thanks for reading.

-Mark

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