We have seen some of the coldest air in almost a year!
On the left you'll find three similar pictures that show red and blue. Those are courtesy the CPC/NOAA and show the observed temperature at Burlington compared to the average temperature. The red shows above average days and blue shows below average days in regards to temperature. In the last 30 days (as of 5 January) the Queen City has been very warm compared to average. However toward the turn of the new year that changed. In fact Burlington saw its coldest day (compared to average) in the last 30, 60, and 90 days compared! A comparable day to that cold blast we had (Jan 3) was last year in Jan 2012 where you can see that blue sliver sliding down significantly.
The year 2012 was the warmest observed on record in Burlington, and about 40 cities across the contiguous United States. So this cold snap was a welcomed treat for people with thick skin, or who wanted to experience a nice cold blast in the face. It was also greeted with open arms by snow lovers! The last image shows how much snow was on the ground as of Saturday morning, January 5. You can see a lot of Vermont and surrounding states were covered by at least a foot of snow!
Our SkyTracker weather team is expecting a large-scale pattern change coming shortly. Mid January appears to be marked by a significant warming across the eastern half of the country. Let me just put it to you this way. When comparing the air mass overhead for the last couple of weeks, and put it next to the air mass coming in, the temperature difference in higher levels of the atmosphere is about +18 degrees to +25 degrees. That is going to warm us up in the mountains too. We'll keep you posted on our day by day forecast and expectations as it approaches!
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier