Dozens of record highs are being broken today with winter on hold from California to the Upper Midwest.
More than 70 places throughout the West and northern Plains set or tied new record highs on Wednesday.
The number of communities sure to do the same today will also reach into dozens with unseasonable warmth in place from California to Minnesota and Iowa.
Today's temperatures throughout this widespread corridor will soar 10 to 30 degrees above typical early January highs.
The Los Angeles Basin will record highs in the 80s, while 60-degree warmth dominates the Plains northward to southwestern North Dakota.
A high of only 15 degrees is common in International Falls, Minn., this time of year. Today, the "icebox of the nation" has soared past its record high of 36 degrees from 1984. At 2:00 p.m. CST today the temperature had reached 45 degrees.
At 2:00 p.m. CST today the temperature was higher in Rapid City, S.D. (70 degrees) than Miami, Fla. (68 degrees).
A sampling of the other cities breaking or challenging of today's record high (listed in parenthesis) is given below:
--Downtown Los Angeles, Calif. (85° from 1902)
--Las Vegas, Nev. (71° from 2003)
--Cheyenne, Wyo. (61° from 1956)*
--Billings, Mont. (57° from 1958)*
--Dickinson, N.D. (53° from 2008)*
--Rapid City, S.D. (60° from 2008)*
--Omaha, Neb. (62° from 1956)*
--Minneapolis, Minn. (43° from 1984)*
--Des Moines, Iowa (59° from 1956)*
A "*" indicates the record had been equaled or broken as of 2:00 p.m. CST today.
The temperature reached 60 degrees in Minot, N.D. this afternoon.
According to Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews, "This is the first time in January that the temperature has reached 60 degrees since records have been kept in over 100 years."
In addition to jeopardizing record highs, today's warmth will have many itching to get outside after work or school.
Residents will definitely want to take advantage of the opportunity to exercise outdoors, especially since an end to the mild temperatures is just around the corner.
Brisk winds from the northwest will usher the record warmth away from the Upper Midwest and Rockies on Friday following the passage of a cold front.
Southern California will also experience a noticeable drop in temperatures on Friday as a cool onshore flow from the Pacific Ocean resumes.
Temperatures may rebound across both regions early next week, but another far-reaching shot of frigid air for the eastern two-thirds of the nation may follow.
A new tropical threat may loom for the Caribbean and North America in the not-too-distant future, while eight more weeks remain in the Atlantic hurricane season.
The greatest danger of flooding across the central United States will unfold in western Texas, where downpours will be most persistent into Monday.
Fall air has finally arrived in the northeastern United States and may yield the first frost of the season in parts of the region this weekend.
Typhoon Megi will continue to strengthen before threatening lives and property across Taiwan and eastern China this week.
Gusty winds will accompany a push of chilly air across the Great Lakes from Sunday night through Tuesday.
The first windstorm of the season could blast the northern United Kingdom around Tuesday as Karl arrives.
New Jersey (1975)
4-day rains of 7.50 to 11.00 inches. Flooding in northern part of the state.
Atlanta, GA (1989)
Torrential rain; 4.87 inches at Hartsfield Airport. This is the sixth greatest single rainfall on record. Atlanta Regional Hospital had 4.50 inches.
Record Cold..... Location New Record Old Record Augusta, GA 42 45/1896 Greenville/Spartanburg SC 42 44/1985 Huntsville, AL 44 45/1985 Birmingham, AL 43T 43/1965