Salomon Smith Barney Sees 'Brrr-utal' Chill This Week
If you think it was frigid last week, it's going to be downright
"brutal" in much of the nation this week, according to a short-term
weather forecast issued by Salomon Smith Barney.
For this week, Salomon Smith Barney has predicted that a
"massive Arctic air mass surging from the Polar regions" will hit
the United States. "This air mass is extremely impressive and is
expected to be in the range of about 1,050 MB [millibars] when it
moves into the Northern Rockies. This is easily in the category of
a Polar Pig," said meteorologists Jon B. Davis and Mark Russo. A
pig is the "ultimate Arctic air mass."
That means it's going to be "big time" cold, Davis noted.
"...[W]e have not had an Arctic air mass this strong move into the
lower 48 during the past four winters," the Salomon Smith
meteorologists said. The National Weather Service confirmed a
massive cold wave would be descending across the nation this week.
"One of the other impressive features of this Pig is that it is
very large geographically and thus will influence a huge area. In
fact, when all is said and done, it will influence areas from the
West Coast to Texas to Florida to the East Coast and everywhere in
The Salomon Smith meteorologists said their forecast, which they
released last Monday, remained unchanged on Friday. "Everything is
the same. The bulk of the cold remains across the western and
central U.S. The East Coast will get it on the outer fringes,"
Russo told NGI. The frigid temperatures will hit the West first,
and then move South and East "as you go through the week."
The weather will be coldest in areas "closest to the initial
delivery point of the air mass --- Rockies and Plains. If this air
mass is close to 1050 MB, there will be some record-setting cold in
portions of the Rockies and the Plains, which is something we have
not had in the middle of winter for a very long time," said Davis
and Russo in their forecast last Monday.
In fact, they predict that temperatures in the region could be
15 to 25 degrees below normal throughout the week, and will be
accompanied by "extremely stormy conditions in the Central U.S. as
two major winter storms move out of the southern Rockies toward the
Great Lakes [this] week." The temperatures in the eastern U.S. will
not be as "extreme" as those in the West, the meteorologists said
in a follow-up forecast. "Even still, much of the eastern U.S. will
see cold weather surge in by later in the week."
Although the air mass will lose some of its intensity at it
moves south and eastward, Salomon Smith Barney predicts that
between Dec. 11 and 16 no area of the nation will have normal or
above-normal temperatures. The meteorologists see another cold air
mass moving into the "middle of the country" during the weekend of
Dec. 16-17, but they believe it will be less intense.
"Obviously, the middle of December is going to be a period of
exceptionally high heating demand," they noted. "In fact, the vast
majority of the nation will have above-normal heating demands
during the next two weeks. This means that the cold pattern, which
began during the second week of November, will last at least six
weeks. The U.S. has not had a six-week stretch of cold weather in
the winter since the mid-1990s."
While last week wasn't as cold in comparison, it wasn't anything
to sneeze at either, Russo and Davis said. They had predicted that
a "moderately strong Arctic air mass" would descend on the North
Plains, Gulf Coast and East Coast regions last week --- a forecast
that was pretty much on the mark.