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Yes, this December has been colder. Yes it's getting warmer. But ...
A moving jet stream means lots of undertainty
Story by GRACE MURRAY


 
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Despite the brief warm-up at the end of this week, Northeast Ohio has been logging one of the coldest Decembers in the last 60 years. 

The National Weather Service says the average temperature the first half of the month was below 24 degrees. The region logged six days below 20, which has happened fewer than a dozen times since 1950. 

Kent State climatologist Thomas Schmidlin says the colder temperatures really stand out compared to last December, when temperatures were regularly in the 40s and even 50s. But weather, he notes, is fickle.

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“The jet stream, which is the boundary from colder air to the north and warmer air to the south, has been dipping southward across the entire eastern half of the country, so it’s not just Ohio. Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, the East, much of the South actually have had a protracted cold spell. But that fluctuates.” 

By the end of this week, northeast Ohio should be in the upper 40s. And by Christmas Eve – back down in the 20s. 

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