CONTEST STATUS - Updated: WED ... 21-MAR-18 @ 11:40 AM EDT

Winter '17 / '18 - Snowfall Forecast Contests

19th Annual 'Regular Season'
- Interim Standings ... as of Snow Storm #7 here
- Forecaster Storm Stats ... as of Snow Storm #7 here

- Snow Storm #8: 21-MAR-18
Deadline for entries has passed
The Forecasts! here

- Snow Storm #7: 12-MAR-18
FINAL Results here
Winning forecast issued by: iralibov

17th Annual 'Season-total'
Deadline for entries has passed
Forecasters' summary here

Winter '16 / '17 - Snowfall Forecast Contests
18th Annual 'Regular Season'
FINAL results here

16th Annual 'Season-total'
FINAL results here

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Preliminary SOI - December '06

(Updated below)

The SOI is a 30-day moving average and with one day to go before the end of the month the index comes in near -4.9. After flirting with zero during the last few days of November and into the middle of month/s end the SOI had been in steady decline.

+ENSO Lives...but for how long?

More evidence that +ENSO is holding its own is found in outgoing long wave radiation (OLR) anomalies. Decreased OLR caused by increased cloudiness produced by deep...moist convection is typical during +ENSO events. EEBE, increasing OLR (decreasing cloudiness) would suggest the current +ENSO is fading...but the data for December do not suggest that is happening.

Red areas depict cloudy areas where OLR is below climo.

December - Week 1

December - Week #2

December - Week #3

December - Week #4

Working against the current state are 1) the trade winds that have returned to near normal 2) cooling sub-sfc water...and 3) the continued steady decline in region 3.4 SSTAs. Weekly US and AU SSTA data cover different 7-day periods. The US lags AU by ~4 days.

Weekly anomalies through 12/24
US 1.4 1.3 1.2
Au 1.3 1.2 1.1

A steady decline...indeed.

Waters are still warm and producing plenty-o-convection...for now. The trade winds appear to be working against an eastward propagation of the warmer SST near 180°. It/s only a matter of time before the fuel in region 3.4 is exhausted and it/s over.

Update: End-of-month SOI was -2.4.

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