Happy WINDY Monday! :)



Some areas in the Great Lakes and Northeast are experiencing some of the strongest winds in over 2 years. Widespread power outages with wind gusts in the 50 to 75 mph range with the peak gust of 144 mph on top of Mount Washington. CLICK ON IMAGES FOR LARGER VIEW.

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Snow cover this morning is certainly epic in the Southwest with very unusual snowfall outside the foothills of Los Angeles and in downtown Las Vegas. 53% of us have snow on the ground which is well above the average of 38%.

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Season-to-date national snowfall is now the most in 5 years, 11th most in 30 years, 7.6% above average and 23% more than last year. The snow hole continues from the Central NJ to Boston coastal areas.

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Snowfall over the next 6-days shows two more systems impacting the snow bound Plains and Midwest with storm after storm.

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The Euro is much more bullish about a bigger snow threat for the coastal East Coast in early March and that is possible with the Polar Vortex round #2.

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This week (25 Feb - 3 Mar)looks to trend the coldest in 4 years, 6th coldest in 30 years for the U.S. overall, a bit drier than last year but still 6th wettest of the past 30 years and snowiest in 11 years nationally.

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Next week (4-10 Mar) shows signs of the Polar Vortex dipping into Southeast Canada with widespread cold across most of the U.S. This would be the coldest start to March in over 30 years for the U.S. overall with the snowiest conditions in 20 years. The good news with a Polar Vortex is they tend to pull all the cold air out as they lift out so this bodes well for a good Spring surge in middle March.

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Spring is just 23 days away for those counting down.

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In today's video we show a few teasers of our year-ahead outlookacross the world and U.S. and discussion on Summer which we expect to be coolest in 5 years, driest in 3 years nationally and what this means for Summer seasonal categories.

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Since we added the future weather girl Angelina, she's 3, to our YouTube videos, viewership is up 93% in the past few weeks so she makes another appearance today with how to use sand castle toys in the snow!

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- Captain Kirk out.