How a ‘tipping point’ in US weather could trigger another round of extreme weather in the US
A major weather system that has disrupted US weather for the past month could be about to enter another phase.
The “big snowstorm” that caused the record-breaking winter storm in February could be back in action again, according to an analysis of historical data by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The storm, dubbed the “big storm”, was the first major weather event in US history to be caused by a supercell storm.
The US National Weather Service, the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency all said the storm could bring additional damage to the country, but warned that the “very unusual” weather conditions could change, in some cases, the timing of extreme events.
The National Weather Services, in a statement on Thursday, said a snowstorm that occurred in mid-February “was a very rare occurrence, with many other storms occurring every year and year-round.”
The weather system brought a “very strong, windy and dry” wind to the US, the statement added, but it was not expected to have an “unusual” effect on the nation.
While the “storm” had an “extreme impact” on the US in the last few months, the National Weather service said that there was “no clear indication” that it would lead to another storm, adding that “there is no reason to believe this event will have a large impact on the frequency of severe weather events.”
It said the record high temperatures that followed the storm were the strongest since record-keeping began in 1880.
“The forecast for this storm will depend on the wind direction, the weather systems conditions and the weather system’s speed and direction,” the weather service said.
It did, however, say that the storm was likely to be accompanied by the possibility of extreme heat.
In the past two weeks, a cold front has been moving through northern Canada and the US.
On Thursday, the first snow event since February, with a high temperature of minus-23C (minus-13F), fell in the north of the country.
On Friday, the snow and ice that covered the region has been melting and snow is forming in some areas.
Snowfall is expected to increase over the next week.
A new forecast for the winter storm is expected later this week, according the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), the US government body that manages the data.
Last week, the agency reported that it had identified the “most severe weather of the year”.