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 tropical threat from the Atlantic on the United States and Caribbean islands may increase into next week.
As temperatures rise through the weekend in the South, so will the risk for heat-related dangers.
United States residents may pay higher heating costs this fall as colder air is expected to grip the Rockies and Plains at times and some quick-hitting chilly shots may impact the Northeast.
A fresh shot of cool air will keep temperatures below normal in northern Europe through this weekend.
Rescue efforts are underway in Hiroshima, Japan, after several landslides buried people and caused severe damage on Wednesday morning, local time.
Earthquakes raise fear of volcanic eruption in Iceland that could impact millions of travelers.
New England & North Carolina (1816)
Light frosts did damage in interior low places from New England to North Carolina.
Boston, MA (1851)
Track of tornado - Waltham, Belmont, Arlington (see other 1843 stories around this time). Apparently caused by excessively humid S or SW flow at western edge of a Bermuda high.
Woodland, WI (1857)
42 miles west of Milwaukee at night - "Every building save one blown down; freight cars blown off the track."