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.
The weather threatens to interfere with search, rescue and cleanup operations in the wake of the major 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has killed thousands of people with the death toll mounting.
Damaging wind and hail as large as softballs have been the main threats, and will continue to be throughout the overnight hours.
Sunny skies and cooler conditions will be the rule this week in Chicago.
In wake of a chilly Monday with spotty showers, warmer and drier weather will settle in for much of the week ahead.
Temperatures will have their ups and downs across the Northeast this week, starting off on a cool note before milder air moves in for the middle of the week.
Dauphin Island clocked a 57 mph wind gust at the time of the boating incident, according to Mesonet.
Pahala, Hawaii (1931)
100 degrees F., highest recorded temperature.
Pryor, OK (1942)
Destructive tornado hits town squarely; 52 dead, $2 million damage.
35" of snow at Summit, 39" of snow at Red Lodge and 28.1" of snow at Lewistown.