CONTEST STATUS - Updated: SUN ... 18-MAR-18 @ 9:30 AM EDT

Winter '17 / '18 - Snowfall Forecast Contests

19th Annual 'Regular Season'
- Interim Standings ... as of Snow Storm #6 here
- Forecaster Storm Stats ... as of Snow Storm #7 here

- Snow Storm #8
Synoptiscope in VCP32

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

- Snow Storm #6: 07-MAR-18
FINAL Results here
Winning forecast issued by: Donald Rosenfeld

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

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Ignore-o-sphere Warming

Important signs point toward a sudden warming of the ignore-o-sphere in the coming weeks.

Wind reversal over the Pole...

Temperature reversal...

Warming of constant pressure surfaces from ~100 mb and up occur with a lowering of geo-potential heights. This phenomenon oft times leads to a dramatically colder troposphere...and eventually...a strongly negative AO. Not an unexpected event given the state of this winter/s QBO...which is depicted in the zonal wind chart above as the negative values (i.e., east wind) between 30 and 50 mb over the Equator.

In takes about three weeks for the strat/s warming to work its way down to the near-sfc...all of which suggests a weak...unstable polar vortex...very cold temperatures...and storminess come early FEB.

Jim Hughes...posting @ StormVista...has be tracking the development of this impending event for several weeks and appears to have made a skillful LR forecast for it back in DEC.

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