January's Weird Weather Explained in One Map

From drought to tornadoes to snowstorms, 2015 is off to a meteorologically interesting start.

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Feb 9, 2015· 0 MIN READ
Todd Woody is TakePart's editorial director, environment.

The weather, it seems, is getting weirder all the time.

Tornadoes strike the American South. In January. San Francisco goes without a drop of rain that month, normally the wettest of the year, for the first time in recorded history. At the same time, the thermometer in Anchorage, Alaska, dips below zero, breaking a 394-day warm spell. Snowpack—the source of much of the nation’s drinking water—was the 18th lowest of all time.

And so it goes.

Scientists attribute some weather trends to climate change and a warming world. Others just reflect the variability of the weather cycle.

It can be hard keeping track of all the bizarre weather, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has put together a handy map highlighting the month’s “anomalies and events.” Below is the one for January.

Can't wait to see what February brings.

January's Weird Weather on a Map