More than one thousand record high temperatures were set across the U.S. this week!
In fact, the total of record highs set over the past seven days is 1,166. On Thursday, 336 record highs were recorded across the Plains and Midwest.
"The jet stream was flung to the north over the Canadian Prairies with warmth building over the Southwest over this past week. A southwesterly flow has been carrying the warmth into the Plains and Midwest," said AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
"The lack of snowcover across the country is contributing to the record warmth as well," added AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Andrew Mussoline.
On Friday, the warmth surged into the Tennessee and Ohio valleys.
The snow depth analysis map from NOHRSC on Jan. 6, 2012, shows only 16 percent of the U.S. covered by snow. That is quite unusual for this time of the year.
Some particularly impressive records:
-A new all-time record high of 63 degrees was shattered in Aberdeen, S.D., on Thursday. The previous all-time record high for January was 60 degrees.
-A record high of 83 degrees was set at San Diego, Calif., on Thursday. The old record was 80 degrees set back in 1969.
-Philip, S.D., hit a record high temperature of 74 degrees on Thursday, breaking the old record high of 46 degrees set back in 2002 by almost 30 degrees!
-St. Louis, Mo., soared to 66 degrees on Thursday, breaking the old record of 65 degrees set back in 1955.
A storm system will bring snow and ice to parts of the mid-Atlantic and the South through Monday.
A spike in severe thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, will follow a slow start to severe weather season in 2014.
After a chilly weekend, a milder week is ahead for the Cleveland area.
Rainy weather is expected midweek for the Detroit area.
No rain is in sight for southern California this week. Sunshine and mild weather will prevail.
Mother Nature will bring another blast of winter weather from Missouri to Delaware before spring arrives.
Columbus, GA (1990)
Rainfall of 7.22".
New York City, NY (1892)
14.6" of snow.
Mid Atlantic (1945)
Early "heat wave": Location: Temperature(F): Norfolk, VA 90 degrees Raleigh, NC 92 degrees Charlotte, NC 90 degrees Greensboro, NC 90 degrees Richmond, VA 91 degrees Sussex, NJ 90 degrees Hammonton, NJ 90 degrees Reading, PA 85 degrees (16th-17th) St. Patrick's Day snowstorm: New England, New York & Pennsylvania. Blue Hill Observatory outside Boston reported 12.6". Some spots had 20", crippling winds accompanied the storm.