Extreme Weather

By: Shane Symolon Email
By: Shane Symolon Email

The calendar may say December, and the area may have gotten some snow last week, but the temperatures Wednesday did not feel like winter.

Many places in the area topped out at more than 70 degrees Wednesday afternoon. Valley resident say it's not the usual holiday season.

Bob Shipp has lived in Stuarts Draft for 20 years, but he's never seen temperatures this warm at this time of the year.

"This is the first December that I can recall that the temperatures have been warm enough consistently that we find ourselves able to check air conditioning systems through November and December," says Shipp.

James Madison University Professor, Dr. Eric Pyle says while the temperatures are unusually high, the cause for them is normal.

"In the big picture of things. It's not that dramatic. With the changes of seasons, this is when air masses are pushing together with each other and their titanic struggles, and one gives when another gets stronger," says Pyle.

The cold air is winning, which could drop the warm temperatures down past the freezing point very quickly.

"So we're in this warm pocket here and Missouri is in this cold pocket here, and just like shaking a jump rope, this whole wave is going to move right across us," says Pyle.

Staunton residents say they're ready for snowboarding instead of skate boarding.

"For me it's way too warm. I'm a winter person. When I'm sweating in the middle of December, that's no good," says area resident Anthony Dyrattana.

This weekend, temperatures are expected to drop below freezing and bad weather may be on the way.

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