The year 2014 will likely go down as the warmest on record globally, in significant part due to record warmth in the oceans during the past seven months.
The story in Ohio and much of the eastern United States in 2014 was markedly different, compared to much of the planet, which included a winter of extreme chill and a pleasantly cool summer.
The jet stream alignment kept a zone from central Canada southward to the Ohio Valley much below normal at times during the year, even as other parts of world–notably Australia and Europe–experienced historic warmth.
Last year at this time we were preparing for the first in a series of bitterly cold air masses, highlighted by a rare visit from the polar vortex January 6-7. This year we ended December without measurable snow in Columbus for the first time since 1941.
The outlook for the start of the New Year is cold–with the potential for an icy start to our weekend that will quickly change to rain as the day goes on–perhaps a soaker by Saturday evening. But cold weather is slated to return for the first full week of January, with a few chances for a coating of snow, starting with snow showers Sunday afternoon.