While in northwestern Canada are persisting historic frosts, with up to -53,5°C in Yukon /https://mkweather.com/canada-reports-extreme-winter-535c-in-yukon-the-lowest-temperature-since-2008//, a New Year in Mexico was abnormally hot.
According to reports from 1. January 2022 from Gallinas in Mexico, at the station was observed the highest reliable measured maximum temperature in January in North America in all-time history!
While Texas reported on New Year January all-time record for the USA, +37,2°C / 99°F /https://mkweather.com/breaking-falcon-lake-texas-372c-99f-the-highest-january-temperature-in-us-history//, in Mexico was even hotter – with the national maximum in Gallinas near foehn winds +41,7°C / 107°F!
It was the highest maximum temperature measured in the Northern Hemisphere in the first decade of January, too.
The big temperature gradient between northern and southern latitudes was creating in the first half of WInter 2021/2022 very good conditions for tornado outbreaks in Kentucky region, the USA /https://mkweather.com/breaking-ef4-tornado-in-kentucky-killed-50-people-it-was-historic-winter-supercell/; https://mkweather.com/an-ef2-tornado-in-hopkinsville-kentucky-it-looks-like-a-tornadic-winter/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=an-ef2-tornado-in-hopkinsville-kentucky-it-looks-like-a-tornadic-winter; https://mkweather.com/kentucky-like-tornadoes-for-the-usa-in-january-and-february-2022-cfs-sees-extreme-temperature-differences-across-the-continent-and-sharp-frontal-boundaries-for-midwest-southeast//.
Mexico was forecast to be very hot and dry in Winter 2021/2022 (in MKweather Winter 2021/2022 forecast: https://mkweather.com/winter-2021-2022-forecast-for-north-america-a-peak-of-winter-with-extreme-arctic-blasts-and-blizzards-in-february-2022/) and Spring 2022 will be very hot, too /https://mkweather.com/spring-2022-forecast-for-north-america//.
Early season heatwaves, with drought and severe wildfires, are in a long-term outlook very possible.
These conditions are partially a result of La Nina and partially AO-/NAO- phases in the first half of Winter 2021/2022, which pushed all tropical air masses above Mexico, southern and eastern USA.
The situation in February and March 2022 should be quite better (NAO+ expected), but in April and May 2022, heatwaves should be extremely strong, again, with possible early season summer-like periods in desert parts of central or northern Mexico.
Illustration map. CONAGUA / extremetemps Twitter