Here's the view of the Bizzaro world this morning. The upper-level flow is what we call highly amplified, with a ridge over western North America and a deep trough over the eastern United States (Northeast skiers rejoice, dumpage is coming your way!). There is also a closed upper-level low off of Baja California that will provide us with more Bizzaro weather in the near future.
Here's this morning's sounding from the Salt Lake City airport. Note the deep easterly flow from 800–550 mb. It will be an unusually short flight if you are coming to Salt Lake City from Chicago today. Temperatures increase from 0ºC at the surface to 7.2ºC at 775 mb. At 700 mb, roughly 10,000 feet, the free atmosphere temperature was 5.2ºC.
|Source: University of Wyoming|