North America 'Arctic Blast' Potential State of Emergency: Temperatures Could Drop 30°C in 48 Hours |  Science & Planet

North America 'Arctic Blast' Potential State of Emergency: Temperatures Could Drop 30°C in 48 Hours | Science & Planet

We have already handled the first winter injection of 2024 in our country. But it's not just cold in parts of Europe, the US and Canada are bracing for what's being called an “Arctic blast” in the coming days. This will drive ice-cold air from the North Pole to the land, which will cool it significantly. Scientists are already warning about dangerous situations.

The 2023/24 winter started off exceptionally mild in North America. December turned out to be the warmest month for much of the United States and Canada. Many temperature records were also broken. There was also historically little snow in North America at Christmas, making for a green Christmas in most places. The reason for this record heat and lack of snow is a high pressure area that has been over most of the US and Canada for almost the entire month.

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A long arm of cold air stretches from northwestern North America to the southeast. Temperatures in many places drop as much as 20 degrees Celsius below normal for this time of the year. © Karsten Haustein

But the period of mild winter temperatures seems to be coming to an end now. At least for a large part of the country. Part of the polar vortex will move south in the coming days, bringing significant cooling. Beginning January 10, a branch of the polar vortex spreads across western Canada, bringing cold air from the northwest to the southeast. When this happens, it is called an “Arctic Blast” or “Arctic Blast” in North America. This indicates a rapid influx of very cold air from the Arctic, causing a sudden and sharp drop in temperature. The cold will peak at the end of the week. In many areas, temperatures will drop by 15 to 20 °C below normal. The cold snap, with temperatures dropping by 20-30 degrees Celsius, will feel extra intense after the recent mild weeks, weather agencies said. Scientists Inside Meteorologist So call to monitor the situation closely and talk about climate emergency.

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In the central United States, temperatures can drop more than 30°C in 48 hours.
In the central United States, temperatures can drop more than 30°C in 48 hours. © meteociel.fr

The question is whether the eastern and southern parts of North America will also participate in the severe cold, and how long the cold will last. The latest forecasts initially indicate severe winter cold in the eastern Midwest or East Coast regions. But low pressure areas driven by abundant energy in the polar vortex can still introduce winter weather in these locations. These storms could cover parts of the US, currently green, with snow. Cold air appears to move eastward next week.

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