CONTEST STATUS - Last update: 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

Monday, January 5, 2015

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

OBS
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

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Deep-layer hi-latitude easterlies ~30 KTs.

 
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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.
 
 
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Bonus OB:  DEC QBO dipped to -25.35.
 

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