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

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sudden Stratospheric Warming - 1985 v. 2009

The most recent SSW of similar magnitude to the one occurring far as depth of penetration toward the troposphere was 1985. That event started late DEC 1984 and persisted for about 4 weeks.

Here/s how the 10 mb level looked that go'round...


The anti-cyclonic circulation dominated for all of two days.

Contrast and compare to current events...


The 2009 event is much more robust than what happened in 1985....lasting at least 7x longer. Remember also...the on-going SSW is happening while QBO is west (positive) and the solar cycle is at minima...a rare convergence of events...indeed.

Previous posts on the 2009 SSW event here.

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