CONTEST STATUS - Updated: FRI ... 14-JUL-17 @ 8:30 PM EDT

Winter '17 / '18 - Snowfall Forecast Contests
19th Annual 'Regular Season'
Season starts when the first flakes start a'flyin'

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17th Annual 'Season-total'
Entries accepted between 01-NOV-17 and 30-NOV-17
Verification period: 01-DEC-17 through 31-MAR-18

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

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Winter '11 / '12 - Sudden Stratospheric Warming Watch - Update 4

Tervetuloa Sääbriefing!


Hi-latitude 10 mb temperature well above average.  These warm temperatures extend to near 30 mb.


NWP models continue the forecast trend for a significant weakening of the polar vortex (PV) and a bold reversal @D+10.   The blue area above 10 mb between 50°N to 90°N latitude (upper right corner) depicts a mean zonal wind flow from the east (-u:  into the board).  The orange area in the troposphere centered above 30°N latitude (lower left corner) is the strong sub-tropical jet blowing from the west (+u:  out of the board).

In the study of dynamic meteorology...the 'u' wind is the zonal component (negative for east / positive for west) of the 'total' wind.  The 'v' wind is the meridional component (positive for north / negative for south) of the 'total' wind.

If the forecast reversal of the PV is observed...the effects of this change would be felt at the surface about three weeks...which portends a very cold February.

Previous update here.

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