Winter Weather to Return in the Northeast, Record-Breaking Heat in the West

Winter Weather to Return in the Northeast, Record-Breaking Heat in the West

By Steve Kingston | Reporter

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The temperature pattern of warmth in the West and cold in the East that has dominated much of the continental U.S. throughout Winter 2014/2015 will be taken to the extreme over the upcoming weekend.

Updated GFS forecasting models show the extremes of these temperatures as the jet stream creates a ridge that divides the country into two.

Temperatures in the East are expected to drop 10-20 degrees below average on Friday and Saturday. Snow accumulations are forecasted for areas of the Northeast, and Boston is likely to add to its record-breaking snowfall totals with another forecasted inch of snow.

Cold temperatures are also forecasted to extend far south as a freeze is forecasted for the region Friday night and again on Saturday night.

Source: AccuWeather.com
Source: AccuWeather.com

According to AccuWeather.com, the worst of the cold is forecast to focus on the Tennessee Valley Friday night with temperatures dropping down into the 20’s in cities such as Paducah, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee.

Meanwhile, record-breaking warmth is forecasted over the weekend in the West with parts of California and Arizona seeing triple digit temperatures.

Source: Weather.com
Source: Weather.com

According to Weather.com, the warmth extends out of the Desert Southwest into the Pacific Northwest and Rockies through Friday as a ridge of high pressure slides into the West. Above-average temperatures will then move across the West and into areas of the Plains over the weekend.

While the below average temperatures are likely to create heating demand in the East, it is likely that the above average temperature will generate cooling demand in the West.

California is the second largest consumer of natural gas – mostly for power generation. Therefore, any increase in cooling demand could increase natural gas consumption.

To contact the reporter for this story, please email steve@natgasinvestor.com.

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