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It is has been very cold across the Great Lakes. If February continues the trend then it is likely the winter of 2013-14 will be in the top 10 winters on record for both cold and snow. The recent arctic blast has pushed intense cold deep into the southeast. That has led to a big winter storm along the Gulf coast including the panhandle of Florida. While snow, sleet, and freezing rain glazed northern Florida, Alaska was feeling the warmth. Nome, Alaska warmed up to 50 degrees and Port Alsworth, Alaska warmed up to 62 degrees which ties the state's all time record high for the month. The reason the weather is so extreme is because the jet stream is in a very amplified pattern. A very strong ridge has pushed into Alaska which has pushed the arctic air southeast towards the Great Lakes and Gulf Coast. It is rare that Nome, Alaska would be significantly warmer than northern Florida but that is what can happen with an extremely amplified jet stream.

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