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.
Another round of rain is expected to move through the Carolinas on Saturday, which may lead to rises on some small streams and creeks.
A strengthening storm system will bring the threat for flooding, mudslides and severe thunderstorms to areas from Italy into the Balkans later Friday into the weekend.
Winter will kick off with mild weather in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic as an intensifying El Nino influences the weather pattern across the country.
A "blob" of abnormally cold water in the North Atlantic, located near Greenland, has the potential to put enough drag on the ocean current to impact weather conditions in the years to come.
“It was by far the most intimidating natural disaster I have ever chased,” Storm Chaser and Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer said of the historic flooding in South Carolina.
A fall-like weekend is in store for the Northeast, after rain and thunderstorms will dampen the region on Friday.
San Antonio, TX (2000)
A high temperature of 45 degrees (the average high on this date is 84 degrees).
New England (1804)
Extraordinary "Snow Hurricane" - snow mixed with heavy rains from Washington, D.C. on north - heavy snow in interior New England. Up to 2 feet in Green Mountains of Vermont.
A few snow flakes in Philadelphia, PA (trace). Also a trace of snow in Baltimore, MD.