Not very often does one see such an image…
Image snipped here, 8 a.m. EST, 18 November, 2014.
And it’s only mid-November…autumn!
Weatherbell Models here has an assessment of the situation so far. It writes:
America ‘as a whole’ awoke to the coldest it has been in November since 1976 — 38 years ago. The Lower-48 or CONUS spatially average temperature plummeted overnight to only 20°F typical of mid-winter not November 18th!
An astounding 226-million Americans will experience at or below freezing temperatures (32°F) on Tuesday as well — if you venture outdoors.
More than 78% of the surface area of the Lower-48 reached or fell below freezing Tuesday morning
Record lows from Idaho to Nebraska and Iowa south to Texas and east through the Great Lakes, the eastern 2/3 of the US will shatter decades-long and in some cases, century-long records. Temperatures east of the Rockies will be 20-40°F below climate normals.
Compared to normal, temperatures over the past several days have dropped off a cliff — to 10°C below climate normal –“
Keep reading here.