Arctic blast keeps LA in deep freeze

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Meteorologists explain continuous frigid temperatures in local area

By Carol A. Clark

A massive blast of artic air pushed into the area and across the state Christmas Eve and many areas have experienced difficulty warming up again.
“This is because of the inversion that occurs this time of year,” said meteorologist Chuck Jones from the National Oceanic Atmospheric  Administration office in Albuquerque. “But it’s not extraordinary by any means to have temperatures below freezing for six or seven days in a row.”
Los Alamos experienced its coldest day this winter, -9 degrees, on New Years Day, said meteorologist Scot Johnson of Los Alamos National Laboratory, adding that the coldest day in 2009 was -2 and the coldest day in 1996 was -11.
“Inversions are stronger in the winter and during an inversion the sun comes up and heats the ground more than the atmosphere,” Johnson said. “Because air settles down closer to the ground, the ground is colder, that’s why White Rock is colder than Los Alamos – they get all that cold air coming in off the canyons.”
In a cycle of natural climate variability, sea

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