Blame Greenland for our cold spring - WFLA News Channel 8

Blame Greenland for our cold spring

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

Storm Team 8 Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve is used to crazy weather happenings, but this long cold snap is standing out. 

"I've been forecasting weather in Florida for probably well over 20 years now. I've never seen anything like it in late March, almost April," said Jerve.

Visitors to the Sunshine State are disappointed in the low temperatures. "It's pretty cold. I wasn't expecting to come to Florida from Chicago and have it feel colder here than it does there," said Sandy Briolat.

So what the heck is going on? High temperatures are lower than our usual overnight lows.  "It's really an unusual pattern for us certainly. We're talking about temperatures 20 degrees below the normal for this time of year," said Jerve. 

The normal pattern, according to Steve: "A big ridge of high pressure setting up for summer time. Bermuda high. Almost, and we get more of a southeasterly flow."

But now, a big high pressure system over Greenland is messing up vacations for thousands in Florida. "It forces this cold air, deep trough of low pressure with the jet stream and allows that cold air to spill south," said Jerve.

Some people are enjoying these crisp afternoons and evenings. And as we all know, it won't be long before this is all a memory. "When we're all sweating and uncomfortable, we'll remember this and say ah, that was kind of nice," said Keith Fischer.

Normal highs for this time of year should be around 78, with a low around 60.

 

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