National Short-Term Climate Outlook! (credit: NWS Climate Prediction Center via NWS Detroit, Michigan)
DISCUSSION: Though this is typically a colder time of the year for much of the northern United States, the shorter-term temperature outlook for many parts of the North-Central United States and the Northeast United States is everything but that. As you can clearly see in the graphic above (courtesy of the NOAA National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center), the eastern half of the country is expected to see anomalously warm weather as compared to the climatological average temperatures typically observed across the eastern United States by this point in the Winter season. Attached below is an exact quote from forecasters over at the National Weather Service office located in Detroit, Michigan about this upcoming temperature outlook.
"If you don't like winter, take time to enjoy January 2017. On the left is the Climate Prediction Center's outlook for 6 to 10 days from now. On the right is their Week 2 outlook for 8 to 14 days from now. This will be occurring during what is typically the coldest part of winter around here. Confidence is growing that most, if not all, of the remainder of the month will be warmer than normal. Today's high in the low 20's will be the coldest day we see for awhile."
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