Tired of the cold? Blame Greenland

Posted on: 3:24 pm, March 22, 2013, by

The high today in Cape Tobin, Greenland was 27 degrees. And while that sounds chilly to us, it’s a heat wave in Cape Tobin, where the normal high in late March is 14 degrees. Greenland has been enjoying some mild, tranquil early-spring weather thanks to a large area of high pressure that has set up shop over the north Atlantic.

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We call this weather pattern a “Greenland Block.” That broad area of high pressure is blocking the storm systems and cold air that would normally move in that direction out of the Arctic. Instead, the cold and storms get pushed to the south, into the eastern half of the U.S.

So instead of the low 60s and relatively dry weather we normally enjoy this time of the year, we’ve been suffering through cold and damp weather.

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And forecasters at the Climate Prediction Center expect this pattern to linger through at least the end of March.
However, April may be a different story. The government forecasters are expecting a warmer-than-normal April for us.

Patrick Rockey
NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist

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