LANSING (WWJ) – We’ve had quite the warm winter so far, with temperatures reaching almost 60 degrees this week. So, what can we expect for the rest of the season?
WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with state climatologist and Michigan State University geography professor Jeff Andresen.
“There are hints that we may see a change in the pattern, maybe in the middle of February. But even with that right now the outlook for the month of Feburary still suggests milder than normal temperatures and wetter than normal conditions,” he said.
Andresen said this weather pattern is definitely out of the ordinary.
“The thing that I think makes this winter so unusual is that typically we don’t see one pattern persist for more than maybe several weeks at the most. We almost always see some kind of a change to something different or even some kind of a transient pattern.
“This year, across the lower 48 (states), it’s just been very, very peristant, all the way back to the middle of November,” Andresen said.
Andresen said we’ve had back to back months with December and now January where the temperature departures are 6 to 8 degrees beyond where they typically are, and that puts Michigan in probably at least the top 10 warmest December and Januarys on record.
Meantime, the milder temperatures will continue this week in Metro Detroit. Forecasters say it will be a little cooler than the high-50s we’ve seen, but temperatures will remain above normal through the weekend.
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