We still have extremely difficult weather hitting the U. S., but there will be an end to it over the next few weeks and months (depending on locations) as is expected.
Texas generally will start seeing warmer temperatures and the end of the freezing temps by the 3rd and 4th weeks of February. By this time, the temperatures will slowly start climbing back up, with only one last cold spell happening after warmer spring temperatures have established themselves.
Southeast U.S. will see the last of the cold at the turn of Feb./Mar.
The Northeast will see continued deep cold weather on into April.
The North Central states will have deep cold weather through to the middle of April.
The Pacific Northwest will begin their spring temperatures mid-March.
***The Winters of the Future***
The winters of 2015 and 2016 will be much milder for the U.S., but 2017 will return with winter weather almost as extreme and bad as 2014 has been – almost. After that, 2018 will be average to milder again.
California’s drought will continue through 2015 and 2016, but 2016 will see some rain. 2017 will bring more rain for California than 2016 before it enters into 2018 and 2019 which will see the return of the drought again.
The drought over the next 5 years (excluding 2017) will also see a somewhat noticeable population exodus from California moving eastward – mostly towards Colorado, New Mexico and further east, with some to Utah.
The California drought will be worse in the southern part of the state during this time. Central California and its farming industry will struggle to get what water it can. Southern California’s water dilemmas will worsen during 2015 and 2016, with some relief during 2017.
Jodie, thank you very, very much for the update! – Jo
I can’t seem to place Colorado in the regions you described. I think of Colorado as being in the southwest. Where do you place us, Jodie? Thanks as always for the love and care you express.
Colorado is the Southwest in relation to the nation, but Eastward in relation to California.
now we just need to wait and see if it will come true or not.