We just took it for granted that we could head South to Florida in mid-late February, escape the rest of winter, and bask in 70 and 80 degree days. But it looks like the Jet Stream may have a surprise in store for us.
Here’s an excerpt from another article:
The Big Chill: unusual stratospheric phenomenon is bringing frigid cold to U.S
An unusual event playing out high in the atmosphere above the Arctic Circle is setting the stage for what could be weeks upon weeks of frigid cold across wide swaths of the U.S., having already helped to bring cold and snowy weather to parts of Europe. Forecast high temperatures on Monday, Jan. 21, from the GFS computer model. This phenomenon, known as a “sudden stratospheric warming event,” started on Jan. 6, but is something that is just beginning to have an effect on weather patterns across North America and Europe. While the physics behind sudden stratospheric warming events are complicated, their implications are not: such events are often harbingers of colder weather in North America and Eurasia. The ongoing event favors colder and possibly stormier weather for as long as four to eight weeks after the event, meaning that after a mild start to the winter, the rest of this month and February could bring the coldest weather of the winter season to parts of the U.S., along with a heightened chance of snow.
We will be watching the weather closely. But if Florida and the Southeast do get hit by serious cold conditions, we’ll have to wait until March to go anywhere. March is supposed to be, once again, warmer than usual.
The best-laid schemes o‘ mice an ‘men
Gang aft agley, [often go awry]
An’lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!
On edit — if I wasn’t saving for a new roof for the house, we’d just make a break for the warm Southwest!