Still Summer Across Lower 48 But Winter Well Under Way Up In Alaska

Written by on September 28, 2015 in Autumn 2015, United States of America with 0 Comments

As forecast back on August 24th, this September has been a May repeat for the Upper Midwest and Northeast and not just here but all the way back into the Desert Southwest.

September 2015 will be long remembered as a warm month. In fact cities stretching from Las Vegas in the Southeast to New York in the Northeast may find this September as the warmest in recorded history.

Credit: Michael Ventrice

Credit: Michael Ventrice

The increasingly dry conditions combined with abnormally strong upper ridging looks to have pushed cities within the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast into record territory.

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Credit: AccuWeather

Credit: AccuWeather

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Boston is in 2nd place for warmest Sept on record.

NWS Boston

NWS Boston

Sept 2015 will likely be NYC’s warmest on record.

Credit: NWS NYC

Credit: NWS NYC

For the NYC area, September follows a string of 6 straight above normal months following a record cold January-March period.

Credit: NWS NYC

Credit: NWS NYC

Change looks to be on the way for the East this week as moisture from a Gulf disturbance interacts with a sagging cold front diving out of Canada.

NWS Boston

NWS Boston

Las Vegas/Southwest heat records have been tumbling.

NWS Las Vegas

NWS Las Vegas

NWS Las Vegas

NWS Las Vegas

While we’re talking record warmth down in the Lower 48, we’re talking snow and cold up in Alaska. Just after the autumnal equinox, Toolik Field Station, located about 350 miles south of the Arctic Coast, fell to 0F while Fairbanks was hit by their second heaviest Sept snow. Quite the pattern shift as the first 8 months of 2015 is 2nd warmest on record, surpassed only by 1981.

Credit: weather.com

Credit: weather.com

Credit: Brian Brettschneider

Credit: Brian Brettschneider

0F isn’t all that rare in Alaska in Sept. In fact this is the 4th earliest 0F at the Toolik station since 1988.

Credit: Brian Brettschneider

Credit: Brian Brettschneider

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The 6.7 inches which fell in Fairbanks is the most for since 2012.

Credit: Brian Brettschneider

Credit: Brian Brettschneider

Greatest Sept snow across Alaska.

Credit: Brian Brettschneider

Credit: Brian Brettschneider

Credit: Brian Brettschneider

Credit: Brian Brettschneider

Anchorage finally seeing a stretch of below normal. 15 straight days to be exact.

Credit: Brian Brettschneider

Credit: Brian Brettschneider

Unfortunately I’m stuck for time and unable to do a video today but will have one tomorrow for you.

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