One of the nation's leading long range weather forecasters said today that the winter of 2009-10 could be the worst winter since the famous cruel winters of the 1960's and 1970's. In an accurweather.com column by Jon Auciello, long range forecaster Joe Bastardi made the dire prediction. In fact, already they are saying that there could be two east coast storms within the next two weeks.
The column states:
"Nearly the entire eastern half of the United States is enduring bitterly cold temperatures not experienced since 1985. Even Florida, which has been hovering around freezing levels overnight recently, is also feeling the almost-nationwide chill.
"It'll be like the great winters of the '60s and '70s," said AccuWeather.com Chief Meteorologist and Expert Long Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi.
The last time a large swath of severely low temperatures struck the nation was in January 1985. That historic arctic outbreak had below-zero temperatures Fahrenheit stretching from Chicago eastward to New York City, and all the way south to Macon, Ga.
While Bastardi says the upcoming days will bring cold not seen since 1985 or 1982, he believes this winter is shaping up much that of like 1977-78. That winter, nearly all of the United States east of the Rockies had a cold October followed by a warm November, with the cold returning in December.
What is most interesting in this case is what followed, where the months from January through March can all be classified as very cold, relative to normal.
"If it stays this cold for this long, will the groundhog even want to come out on Feb. 2?" wonders Senior Vice President and Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams."
So those of us who could not believe how damn cold it was this weekend with howling winds of up to 50mph better get used to it. There appears to be no end in sight.