CONTEST STATUS - Updated: SAT ... 14-APR-18 @ 9 PM EDT

Winter '17 / '18 - Snowfall Forecast Contests

19th Annual 'Regular Season' Snowfall Forecast Contest
- FINAL Results here
1st Place: Brad Yehl
2nd Place: Don Sutherland
3rd Place: NWS ER WFOs
HM: Herb @MAWS

17th Annual 'Season-total' Snowfall Forecast Contest
- FINAL Results here
1st Place: Don Sutherland
2nd Place: Mitchel Volk
3rd Place: Brad Yehl
Climo: 5th place

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

16th Annual 'Season-total'
FINAL results here

Monday, January 5, 2015

Winter '14 / '15 - Weakening Polar Vortex ==> Sudden Stratospheric Warming: UPDATE 6

The current sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) event has likely peaked as evidenced by
1)   the deep layer wind reversal of the polar vortex (PV) and
2)  a dipole of hi-latitude warming maximized INVOF eastern Greenland.

Image:  10-hPa temperature change in a week in the Northern Hemisphere (courtesy Tokyo Climate Center, Climate Prediction Division).  The contour interval is 5 °C. The pink and light blue shadings indicate warming and cooling, respectively. The red shading denotes warming for values higher than 25 °C.

Upper air analysis courtesy University of Wyoming, College of Engineering, Department of Atmospheric Science

Deep-layer hi-latitude easterlies ~30 KTs.

Arctic Oscillation (AO) poised to tank by mid-month.
D+11 prog of a near-perfect AO tri-pole and a stationary... four-wave pattern.
Bonus OB:  DEC QBO dipped to -25.35.

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