Meteorologists at private weather forecaster BAMWX are monitoring weather models that suggest a change in the jet stream will create cooler weather for the central part of the country and, by the end of next week, set up the possibility for the next "big storm."
"A big storm one week from today [Thursday] continues to show itself on all global weather data," according to Kirk Hinz, the chief meteorologist at BAMWX. The timing of the storm, remember, nothing is locked in, is between Feb. 17-19 for areas of the central US, including Northern Texas to Omaha to Minneapolis to Chicago. He noted there could be "a severe side to this along with a wide side."
There are still many unknowns about the storm a week out, but Hinz has produced a storm risk threat map that gives readers a general idea of where the storm may strike late next week.
It appears a new jet stream configuration this weekend could pave the way for the storm. In recent days, the southern Plains and Rockies and even Southern California experienced abnormally warm temperatures.
The latest round of warmer weather in the central and western part of the US resulted in declining heating demand which sent US natural gas futures tumbling this week, the most significant weekly drop this year.
BAMWX meteorologists will continue to monitor weather models as they change, and a more accurate threat map will be produced in the days.