Weather Monday
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Started by metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 12:33 p.m.

Happy day to be alive!   Keep giving thanks to be living in the best time of human history!

 Scroll down and  enjoy the latest comprehensive weather to the max...... occurring because of the natural physical laws in our atmosphere as life on this greening planet continues to enjoy the best weather/climate in at least 1,000 years(the last time that it was this warm) with the added bonus of extra beneficial CO2.


Will MID February turn colder?

We need a -AO in the forecast to have confidence of sustained Feb. cold but its not there now.

Models all turned warmer the last couple of trading days of last week then colder at the  end of 2 weeks over the weekend.......even the +AO starts plunging.  

Then, overnight Sunday, they turned milder during that late period once again. Models have been MUCH too cold forecasting this late period all we will continue to be skeptical of it turning much colder at the end of 2 weeks!

The latest 12z GFS from late Monday morning has a colder late week 2 look........but this has not verified all year. 

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Winter Weather Forecasts

Sorry about not updating the previous snow headlines the last couple of days.

  Snowfall the next 7 days below.
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BuffaloEastern New York and Western New England AreasBoston and Surrounding AreasNorthern Vermont and New YorkSouthern Maine and New HampshireNorthern Maine Gulf of Maine to the Hague LineGeorges Bank between Cape Cod and 68W north of 1000 fathomsSouth of New England between the Great South Channel and Montauk Point to 1000 fathomsSouth of Long Island between Montauk Point and Sandy Hook to 1000 fathomsHudson Canyon to Baltimore Canyon to 1000 fathomsBaltimore Canyon to Cape Charles Light to 100 NM offshoreCape Charles Light to Currituck Beach Light to 100 NM offshoreCurrituck Beach Light to Cape Hatteras to 100 NM offshoreCape Hatteras to Cape Fear to 100 NM offshoreCape Fear to 31N to 1000 FMGeorges Bank between 68W and the Hague LineEast of 69W to the Hague Line between 1000 fathoms and 39NEast of 69W and south of 39N to 250 NM offshoreBetween 1000 fathoms and 38.5N west of 69WBaltimore Canyon to 69W east of 1000 fathoms and south of 38.5N to 250 NM offshoreBaltimore Canyon to Hatteras Canyon between 100 NM and 250 NM offshoreHatteras Canyon to Cape Fear 100 NM and 250 NM offshoreCape Fear to 31N east of 1000 fathoms to 250 NM offshoreCape Flattery to Cape Shoalwater between 60 NM and 150 NM offshoreCape Shoalwater to Cape Lookout between 60 NM and 150 NM offshoreCape Lookout to Florence, OR between 60 NM and 150 NM offshoreFlorence, OR to Point St. George between 60 NM and 150 NM offshorePoint St. George to Point Arena between 60 NM and 150 NM offshorePoint Arena to Pigeon Point between 60 NM and 150 NM offshorePigeon Point to Point Piedras Blancas between 60 NM and 150 NM offshorePoint Piedras Blancas to Santa Cruz Island, CA between 60 NM and 150 NM offshoreSanta Cruz Island, CA to San Clemente Island, CA between 60 NM and 150 NM offshoreCape Flattery to Cape Shoalwater between 150 NM and 250 NM offshoreCape Shoalwater to Cape Lookout between 150 NM and 250 NM offshoreCape Lookout to Florence, OR between 150 NM and 250 NM offshoreFlorence, OR to Point St. George between 150 NM and 250 NM offshorePoint St. George to Point Arena between 150 NM and 250 NM offshorePoint Arena to Pigeon Point between 150 NM and 250 NM offshorePigeon Point to Point Piedras Blancas between 150 NM and 250 NM offshorePoint Piedras Blancas to Santa Cruz Island, CA between 150 NM and 250 NM offshoreSanta Cruz Island, CA to 120W between 150 NM and 250 NM offshoreSan Clemente Island, CA to Guadalupe Island from 60 NM Offshore west to 120W                                                                                                                                                                  

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By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 12:35 p.m.
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Highs for days 3-7:

Very close to average and not much change in temps after the next few days pass.



By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 12:37 p.m.
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Temperatures vs average for days 3-7.  

Not far from average in most locations with a few regions milder than average.




By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 12:38 p.m.
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Surface Weather features day 3-7:

Colder changes early this week  but .......mostly seasonal cold comes in.

Quiet in the center. Active in the NW and SE.


By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 12:39 p.m.
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By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 12:40 p.m.
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Last 24 hour precip top map

Last 7 day precip below that

Static mapAnimated mapCA - BakersfieldNY - BinghamtonND - BismarckNH - BerlinTX - BrownsvilleKY - Bowling GreenMI - CadillacNC - CharlotteGA - ColumbusOH - DaytonCO - DenverIA - Des MoinesFL - Key WestVA - RoanokeCT - HartfordMO - Jefferson CityOK - LawtonNE - North PlatteAR - Little RockMT - LewistownLA - New OrleansID - McCallFL - Saint PetersburgSD - PierreAZ - PrescottUT - ProvoOR - RedmondWY - RivertonNV - RenoNM - RoswellTX - San AntonioVA - StauntonKS - SalinaIL - SpringfieldMN - Saint CloudWA - TacomaMS - Vicksburg

Static mapAnimated mapCA - BakersfieldNY - BinghamtonND - BismarckNH - BerlinTX - BrownsvilleKY - Bowling GreenMI - CadillacNC - CharlotteGA - ColumbusOH - DaytonCO - DenverIA - Des MoinesFL - Key WestVA - RoanokeCT - HartfordMO - Jefferson CityOK - LawtonNE - North PlatteAR - Little RockMT - LewistownLA - New OrleansID - McCallFL - Saint PetersburgSD - PierreAZ - PrescottUT - ProvoOR - RedmondWY - RivertonNV - RenoNM - RoswellTX - San AntonioVA - StauntonKS - SalinaIL - SpringfieldMN - Saint CloudWA - TacomaMS - Vicksburg

By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 12:41 p.m.
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By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 12:41 p.m.
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Soilmoisture anomaly:

These maps sometimes take a day to catch up to incorporate the latest data(the bottom map is only updated once a week).


Daily Soil Moisture Pecentile       

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By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 12:41 p.m.
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Drought Monitor maps:

Latest: The first map below is the latest. The 2nd one is from last week.

January 30 : DROUGHT in TX/SW Plains to points northwest right now. No drought anywhere in the Midwest.

The maps below are updated on Thursdays.    


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Drought Monitor for conus


By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 12:48 p.m.
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The top map is the Canadian ensemble average,  the maps below are the individual members that make up the average at the end of week 2.


Each member is like the parent, Canadian model operational model.......with a slight tweek/variation in parameters. Since we know the equations to represent the physics of the atmosphere in the models are not perfect, its useful to vary some of the equations that are uncertain(can make a difference) to see if it effects the outcome and how.

The average of all these variations(ensembles) often yields a better tool for forecasting. It's always more consistent. The individual operational model, like each individual ensemble member can vary greatly from run to run.........and represent an extreme end of the spectrum at times. The ensemble average of all the members, because it averages the extremes.............from opposite ends of the spectrum.........changes much less from run to run.

End of week 2....................0z  Canadian ensembles:

Updated 12z maps available this late...........turning colder late week 2 vs previous solutions. Potential for another polar vortex incursion south...on some solutions, mainly this particular model!

Starting with last week below:

Monday: Definitely less amplified at higher latitudes today, which suggests more zonal flow and Arctic air completely cut off from moving south. However,  pronounced ridge SWest to West and downstream trough couplet suggests cool weather in the Southcentral to South(very mild north).  A minority still want to bring in northern stream action/cold but the Canadian model has tried to do this repeatedly in recent days and mostly been wrong. 

Tuesday: More amplified than Monday and a tad colder but not a great deal of northern stream influence on most solutions(minority do have a significant northern stream) just a ridge/west, cooler trough downstream couplet in the southern stream....without frigid air to tap. This model has been too cold for the last month.

Thursday: Canadian model continues to be the coldest model and is a bit cold overnight......but the other models have been moving towards the Canadian model, especially the European model late in week 2. All the models have been too cold the past month, so there is reason to be skeptical of the cold, while still wanting to believe the models trends moving in that direction. Wednesday and Wed Night. Regardless, the pattern below is for the northern jet stream to shift very far south and the Polar vortex to also accompany that/in concert as it drops to SouthCentral to Southeast Canada. There is some decent upper level ridging along the West Coast that might assist that. 

Friday: 12z run.  HUGE changes for an ensemble. MUCH milder, zonal, Pacific, west to east flow spreading across the country. 

Saturday: Milder than a couple of days ago still with more zonal flow but still uncertain with a potential weakness/trough south of the Canadian border that cold air can drop into.

Sunday: We really have a battle going on here with all the models going back and forth each day/run on how much cold to bring down in week 2 based on whether the northern stream can make in roads south into the recently dominant southern stream binging Pacific air masses in here. We were colder midweek, then turned much milder Friday. Colder again Saturday afternoon, then milder again Saturday Night. A few solutions are bitter cold which is causing the average to be pretty cold even though the majority are not that cold.  Confidence is low. 

Monday: Both the northern and southern streams are stronger, so the gradient between them is more packed. Much more cross polar flow today so Canada is MUCH colder. Any air masses that make it south of the Canadian border will have some frigid air. This, while a modest ridge tries to build in the far Southeast will milder air.  This is the recipe for an enormous temperature contrast from very cold in the NorthCentral to warm in the southeast. Maybe an 80 degree temperature differential at times? Small changes in the location of the main features and boundary between the contrasting air masses is causing huge model to model shifts in temperatures. 

Tuesday: Cross polar flow and polar vortex in Canada..........frigid!  Modest ridge trying to build in the far Southeast US.........mild!  How deeply south will the frigid air be able to penetrate? Models are going back and forth on every run. For sure there will be a huge temperature gradient from northwest to southeast and the coldest anomalies will be in the NorthCentral  northern Rockies.

Wednesday: More ridging in the Southeast for sure. This mean more resistance to the cold air as it tries to push southeast.  Trough is also farther west which lines up with that and for the coldest air to be farther west today. Still cross polar flow and mighty cold air filling up Canada so cold fronts will be loaded with frigid air in week 2. 

Thursday: The models are warmer, especially the European Ensembles for the 2nd day in a row............but NOT the Canadian model, which is actually colder today and bets heavily that the northern stream will drop well south of the US border. With cross polar flow, the air massed coming from Canada will have some frigid air. All the models have been too cold over the past month and this one has been the coldest(wrong by the most). With an almost +++AO and +NAO  it will be tough to keep a sustained cold air flow from the north coming......but maybe the +++AO is wrong?

Saturday: Colder today and more northern stream. 

Sunday: Really looking cold at the end of 2 weeks on some solutions. More later today.

Monday: Sorry for no comments over the weekend.........but it changed anyway.12z run today. Over the weekend, the ridge west/trough east couplet was looking much more impressive and colder. More zonal today, mainly because the there is no ridge in the retrogrades much farther west into the Northeast Pacific. Definitely more zonal and  milder today than over the weekend........but with cross polar flow dumping frigid air into Canada, cold fronts that drop into the trough in the northern US will be very cold at times.

360h GZ 500 forecast valid on Feb 18, 2020 12 UTC

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Forecasts for the control (GEM 0) and the 20 ensemble members (global model not available)

By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 12:51 p.m.
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Individual GFS ensemble solutions for the latest 0z run:


By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 12:59 p.m.
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GFS Ensemble mean(average of all the individual solutions above).  The first map is a mid/upper level map. The 2nd one is a temperatures map at around 1 mile above the surface. These are anomalies(difference compared to average).

NCEP Ensemble t = 360 hour forecast

Last Tuesday: Same as recently. Ridge Northeast Pacific. Trough(not as deep today) Pac Northwest, Ridge along the East Coast. Not favorable for lasting cold in the East.

Thursday: The long lived pattern is finally show strong signs of weakening, if not ending.  The biggest chance is the extreme negative anomaly in the Northwest is going bye bye......which might allow cold air masses to the east to penetrate deeper. However, the ridge in the East from the southern stream does not want to give up. So there will be a huge battle between the northern and southern streams.  Cross polar flow here means the source region for cold coming from Canada may have air from Siberia.

Friday:  Big positive anomaly in Alaska connects downsteam with a negative anomaly shifting east, into the middle of the country(with the negative in the NWest filling in). Still a positive anomaly along the East Coast but this will weaken and turn negative........possibly. The biggest deal is the cross polar flow from the ridge in Alaska. Air masses from Siberia will be dumped into Canada, then be transported south, feeding into the downstream trough in the US.

Sunday: Progressing as expected. Powerful positive anomaly in Alaska and downstream negative anomaly in the Northeast is textbook couplet for cold air delivery from Canada south into the US. The source r

Tuesday: Numerous anomalies, without any one being powerful enough to key off of.  The dominant pattern leading up to this period, however is mild Pacific flow and modest ridging along the West Coast in mid latitudes. One thing that does stand out with the maps below is cross polar flow into Alaska and NW Canada. Some of that could leak farther south if the zonal flow in the US allows it.

Thursday: Unusual configuration. At the mid latitudes, a favorable ridge/West, trough east couplet for warm West and cold East. Just the opposite at higher latitudes with a trough/West and Ridge/East.  This probably means the real frigid air will stay locked up around Alaska/N.Canada, while the cold air delivery farther south in the US is good at times(in the East), the fronts will most often have Pacific air masses that are mild with the major cold much too far north to get entrained into most/all of these fronts. If the pattern amplified like the Canadian model(or what some other model runs have done at times-and most been too cold) then the bitter cold could be tapped.but not with the anomalies below. 

Friday: Anomaly magnitudes pretty weak and NOT favorable for cold air moving south from higher latitudes. Sure, there will be  "cold" fronts in the East with this type of pattern but they will lack a frigid punch and not be sustained.

Saturday:  Unstable anomaly centers. A new big one popping up in the N.Atlantic. Could this turn into a Greenland block with a -NAO developing and cold East? Negative anomalies in Alaska and NW Canada will keep coldest air up there until this changes.

Sunday: Models struggling with how much cold comes in week 2. Anomalies below are not ideal for sustained cold to penetrate deeply into the US. 

Monday: Anomalies continue to move around and be weak in North America. Cold now looking more likely in the West and especially the N.Plains than it did and warmth in the Southeast.

Tuesday: Anomalies are more favorable for cold now. Modest ridge off the West Coast/far East Pacific and downstream trough in SouthCentral Canada with trough into the US. Nice couplet for air to travel from north to south between them and into the trough. The origin of the air masses in Canada will be frigid with cross polar flow from N.Siberia feeding into Canada. 

Wednesday: Building positive  anomaly in the Southeast from an upper level ridge that will block the coldest air from getting deeply into the Southeast. This has warmed forecasts overnight for the East(less HDD's). Cold will still be able to get across the Canadian border with ease. W. Canada and Alaska are bone chilling cold from cross polar flow, so the cold just south of the Canadian border will be major cold. in N.Plains/Rockies.

Thursday; The set up is actually pretty good for some major cold to make it into the NorthCentral US. Major because the origin of cold in Canada will be Siberia, from cross polar flow. A ridge in the Southeast/East will try to resist that cold as it heads southeast. Look for a huge temperature gradient from the Southeast, that could have highs above 80 in FL, while its below 0 in the N.Plains/Rockies, possibly close to 100 degrees colder for a time!

Saturday: Potentially powerful cold air developing, textbook couplet at the end of 2 weeks. This is new!  More later.

Monday: 2 days later. The favorable ridge/west, trough east couplet from over the weekend has shifted. The ridge west has retrograded west to the Northeast Pacific to Western Alaska. The downstream trough anomaly has shifted a bit east and the 2 are less connected but still are favorable for bitter cold air............even cross polar flow between them to dump into most of Canada. This means cold fronts that can manage to get into the northern tier will have some frigid air.  At the same time, a building positive/ridge anomaly in the Southeast will make it warm there and repel any attemps from the northern stream to send cold air in that direction. This pattern is the recipe for a massive temperature contrast from north to south. Would not be surprized to see near 90 in Florida with near 0 at the same time along the Canadian border. 

NCEP Ensemble t = 360 hour forecast product



By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 1:05 p.m.
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MoLatest, updated graph/forecast for AO and NAO here, including an explanation of how to interpret them...............mainly where they stand at the end of 2 weeks.

Previous analysis, with the latest day at the bottom for late week 2 period.

Discussions, starting with the oldest.

Last Monday: AO now is forecast to STAY POSITIVE for the duration, which lessens risk for major cold outbreaks. NAO drops to near 0, while the PNA becomes positive for the first time in ages. This suggests mild temps over much of the country, especially West and North but chilly with respect to average in parts of the south. 

Tuesday: AO stays positive............lessens chances for bitter cold to get into the US. NAO close to 0. PNA slightly positive to near 0.

Thursday: The biggest case for NOT turning much colder continues to be the AO staying positive for the duration. This weakens air flow from high latitudes towards mid latitudes.......keeping the cold air locked up in the north. The NAO and PNA are pretty close to 0 and not a big consideration in leaning in any direction from those indice values. 

Friday: Again, the +AO suggests the models will be too cold and sure enough, they all turned MUCH milder the past 24 hours.  However, there were a few members that suggested an AO dropping to below zero late week 2 but all the models have been too cold, especially the Canadian model for the last month, so the milder shifts are in line with the model performance(poor recently).  PNA a slight + that favors warmer west vs slightly cooler east. NAO close to 0 or just above, also not a value that makes us think it will get and stay cold for very long............but the pattern may be unstable with a battle between the southern and northern stream unresolved. Yesterday, the northern stream was predicted to win in February. Today, it's the southern stream. 

Saturday: +AO still but some members a bit negative. Ideally would prefer a -AO to go with a cold February. NAO close to 0. PNA a bit positive with mild temps in the West.

Sunday: Still the +AO makes major, sustained cold less likely but huge spread with a  couple negatives making it uncertain. NAO and PNA not far from 0.

Monday: Still +AO but one member at -4, which seems crazy. NAO near 0. PNA drifting lower may starts favoring more cold in the West again. 

Tuesday: Still +AO makes it tough to get too bullish on sustained cold even though there will be FRIGID air in Canada and some will likely get into the US.  NAO and PNA not far from 0.

Wednesday: Holy Cow on the AO.  Extremely wide spread here with uncertainty and a few just above 0 but several at record +++++AO, at the top of the chart.  While that seems overdone, one can't be bullish at all about cold from higher latitudes pushing deeply into the mid latitudes for any sustained period of time. This is clearly bearish for ng with the average around ++AO.  NAO also is a bit positive(not favorable for cold penetrating south) and PNA around 0 to tad negative.

Thursday: Same as yesterday on the AO. The average approaches +++AO at the end of 2 weeks with less spread. +NAO and -PNA are very unfavorable for sustained cold to penetrate deeply southeast...........but there will be a frigid air mass in Canada in week 2, so any air massed coming from Canada, will be loaded with cold as they cross the border. 

Saturday: Indices turning much colder at the very end of 2 weeks!

Monday: Wild changes. AO spikes to record highs at the top of the chart near +++++AO, then plunges at the end of 2 weeks towards 0. NAO is solidly positive(no record) but starts dropping late. PNA is very strongly negative but is turning at the end of 2 weeks.  The changes at the end of 2 weeks still suggest the potential for much colder weather during the 2nd half of February, after the East/Southeast are very mild prior to then.  This late period has had poor model performance and been to cold all year, so we will dial that long lived BIG bias into our forecast philosophy, while wanting to believe that it will turn colder because it would provide more interesting meteorology and trading (-:


By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 1:06 p.m.
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By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 2:08 p.m.
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Afternoon highs yesterday and their departure from normal 70s and even 80s for highs??? 25-35+ degrees above normal??? Crazy stuff


By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 2:15 p.m.
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Jeff Berardelli@WeatherProf


Euro model continues to advertise record Arctic Oscillation (+AO) next weekend. Why? Huge low pressure in the Arctic with min pressure of 938 mb - for perspective that's on par with Hurricane Matthew. Result: 250 mph Jet Stream in North Atlantic. Most cold air trapped in Arctic.


By metmike - Feb. 3, 2020, 7:25 p.m.
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