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.
Earlier this week, a strengthening nor'easter battered New England, causing widespread damage across the region while storms continued to drench and blast the coastal Northwest.
Conditions will improve across the Northeast on Friday as this week's nor'easter shifts away from the region.
A siege of Pacific storms will continue to drench and blast the coastal Northwest into next week and will be joined by Ana.
After many locations over the Plains feel like late summer this weekend, the record-challenging warmth will expand to the Northeast next week.
The disturbance responsible for drenching South Florida downpours will swing toward Bermuda this weekend, while the former Tropical Depression 9 lurks in the northwestern Caribbean Sea.
The NFL returns to London this weekend amid a mild stretch of weather.
New England (1785)
Four day rains put Merrimac River in NH and MA to greatest flood height ever known -- extensive bridge and mill damage.
Mid-Atlantic Coast (1878)
Hurricane did extensive damage in NC, VA, MD, NJ and PA. "Philadelphia's worst" -- 84 mph wind gust at Cape May, NJ; 28.82" pressure at Annapolis, MD.
Bar Harbor, ME (1947)
Wind-driven forest fires destroyed homes and medical research institute. 17 died; $30 million damage.