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

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Return of Hi-Latitude Easterlies

Note the ECMWF/s D+8 forecast for the return of deep tropospheric...hi-latitude easterlies over the pole suggesting a return of a negative AO index toward the end of DEC.

The time-height section also shows the 70mb mean zonal wind from the east over the Equator...indicating the negative QBO.

Negative QBO favors a negative AO...which is associated with a less stable...and slower polar vortex. These conditions present good opportunities for arctic outbreaks....storminess...and the potential for hi-latitude blocking.

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