Weather Wise: Curtis Grevenitz’s early winter update

HELENA- Winter isn’t even officially a month old, but wind chills and snow have made headlines from Florida and Mexico to the Canadian Border.

For many Americans, the winter of 2017-2018 has started as one of the harshest on record.

The winter got off to a frigid start in December. Montana has had above average snow and temperatures across most of the state are trending below average. Havre, on the Hi-Line, is trending nine degrees below average for January.

The eastern two-thirds of the country hasn’t been able to escape the bitter cold either. Record snow and cold has been recorded from northern Mexico to Florida. In fact, parts of Florida saw snow for the first time in 30 years.

Another weather event, the Bomb Cyclone, packed hurricane winds and dumped more than a foot of snow on millions of people in the northeast.

The storm was followed by one of the most significant cold outbreaks to hit the east in years. The frequency and intensity of these outbreaks have decreased over the last 100 years, but the present one rivals any since before the industrial revolution.