The long-range is looking interesting and almost spring like in some ways. Definitely a big weather change coming up after we get through these next 5 days. It will be nice to see a mean eastern Pac trough and a redistribution of the Polar air and no more Polar Vortex hanging over southern Canada.
Isn't it mostly going to result in a torch for the Plains though? The pattern looks as if it's been pretty cold up there this winter, but now it seems to be changing towards mild as the troughing moves into the Northwest and the PV retreats towards the North Pole and Siberia.
Yes I have a lot of enthusiasm for the Northern Plains, not sure I'd want to live out there as I love the eastern landscape, climate, and cities...but it's definitely an interesting region and the economy appears to be quite healthy in cities like Omaha and Fargo. I was in North Dakota in June, driving out to Montana for a job, was hoping for severe weather but all I got was chilly rain with temperatures hanging in the low 50s. I did spent a night at Theodore Roosevelt National Park, was blown away by the scenery out there, just gorgeous. Spring is an especially beautiful time to visit the ND Badlands with the wildflowers in bloom, the lush look to the scenery, and the constantly changing weather from light rain to sun to cold to warmth.