Extreme Temperature Diary- Monday February 22nd, 2020/ Main Topic: Spring Comes Way Too Early To Eurasia

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Main Topic: Spring Comes Way Too Early To Eurasia

Dear Diary. Last week as most of the United States was freezing during a historic cold wave portions of Europe and Asia were experiencing record warmth. The polar vortex and associated jet stream became more contorted and odd looking than I had ever seen in my 40+ years of looking at 500 millibar charts. This week the Eurasian warmth will continue while the cold wave I dubbed “Yeti” across the United States ends. Here are a couple of notes I tweeted out yesterday:

We can see both anomalies in Climate Reanalyzer data for today, as well as those across North America:

Here is a look at a forecast 500 millibar chart centered on the Arctic valid for this Thursday when the top chart is valid:

On the above chart we see a very convoluted, anomalous looking pattern with the European and Pacific ridges being very warm. Two extreme cold pockets are noted, one in northern Canada, and one in Russia. Of note:

What’s startling is how fast Europe has warmed:

Here is a list of European and Asian records starting last week. Some of these are just monstrous given that it is just late February:

Eastern Asia’s spring “warm wave” should begin to wane this week while Europe’s warmth builds:

We will see if this “false spring” has repercussions for both flora and fauna in the coming days and weeks.

Here is more climate and weather news from Monday:

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Now here are some of today’s articles and notes on the horrid COVID-19 pandemic:

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