Hands down, AccuWeather.com's long-range experts agree that the Midwest and Great Lakes region will be dealt the worst of winter this year.
In terms of both snow and cold, this winter is expected to be the worst in Chicago.
AccuWeather.com Long-Range Meteorologist Josh Nagelberg even went so far as to say, "People in Chicago are going to want to move after this winter."
However, for the worst of winter's cold alone, the AccuWeather.com Long-Range Forecasting Team points to Minneapolis.
The team also highlights Buffalo, N.Y., Indianapolis and Omaha, Neb., as cities that will have to deal with a hefty amount of snow.
Bitterly cold blasts of arctic air are expected to invade the northern Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes December through January, while snowfall averages above normal. "A couple of heavy hitters are possible [during this time]," Pastelok said in relation to the snow.
Snowfall is predicted to be above normal from Minnesota and Iowa into Michigan, Ohio and parts of West Virginia and Kentucky. Above-normal snowfall is also likely in areas farther east into Pennsylvania and New York due to a lake-effect snow season.
This buildup of snow cover across the Midwest and Great Lakes could act to prolong the colder-than-normal weather beyond February and into early spring.
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Bertha is forecast to take a curved path near the islands in the northeastern Caribbean this weekend, then to stay off the East Coast of the United States next week.
Temperatures over the weekend soar in central and eastern Europe, reaching 10 degrees Celsius above normal.
A type of potentially toxic algae known as "red tide" is blanketing an area roughly the size of Connecticut in the northeast part of the Gulf of Mexico.
Since the movie "Jaws," inspired by 1916 shark attacks, the number of shark attacks has been on the rise due to human and seal population increases, shark migration and warming temperatures.
Episodes of rain, thunderstorms and mist will threaten to cause delays and postponements of racing activities at Long Pond, Pennsylvania, this weekend.
Texas Coast (1989)
Tropical Storm Chantal came onshore at High Island, Texas, 30 miles NE of Galveston. Winds gusted to 70-80 mph and 6-12" of rain fell.
Hurricane Erin just off the east coast with 85 mph sustained winds.
College Station,TX (1998)
106 degrees - a record 27th consecutive day of reaching at least 100 degrees. (The streak ended after 30 days).