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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published February 21 2014

Weather Talk: Western Europe among regions seeing mild winter

Two winters ago, when much of the United States was experiencing much-above-average temperatures, I wrote about how many other parts of the Northern Hemisphere were having a very harsh winter.

This year, much of the lower 48 states east of the Rocky Mountains are experiencing a winter with much-below-average temperatures, but that is certainly not the case for everyone. The West Coast of the United States, including Alaska, has been experiencing a very mild winter.

Another region experiencing a very mild winter has been Western Europe. The average temperatures this winter in Western Europe have been generally 5 to 10 degrees above average, the exact opposite of the eastern United States.

Those warmer temperatures in Europe have come with an overabundance of rain. Great Britain has been particularly hard hit with flooding. Such patterns with noticeably above- or below-normal temperatures in regions are a common occurrence around the globe during all seasons.


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