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    I was driving into this earlier. Shots taken by my neighbour Sarah:
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    What's the time??? Its ensemble time!! It's well quite on here, the place was buzzing just the other day!! Come on folks, get behind me for a February cold chase... Will it, prey for it, dance for it! Possible early talk of an SSW!! We could do with it folks, and would certainly make Feb more exciting.... Never say never..
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    Putting aside the Indiana Jones and the search for snow ! The high pressure could well bring some pretty low temps especially for southern central areas . Could be some sub zero maxima where fog doesn’t clear . There could be some hoar frost which will bring a festive feel to things .
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    Also signs there could be a stonking displacement SSW as well - big reversal at 1mb. IN OTHER WORDS - BITTER SPRING ALERT!!
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    Another pic of the cracking sunset tonight, looking west from above Lairg
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    Would add that that sunset was memorable, only caught it from the glamourous vista of Inverness asda car park and up the hill on the way home when it wasn’t as great Yes HC, definite hints of mammatus, someone posted this on Twitter from the town
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    Everyone has beat me to it with the weird cloud scenes today! It was quite mesmerising, I took a picture from the car, was travelling to and from Ringwood in the New Forest so had lots of opportunities to see it from different angles! I wish I’d stopped along the seafront to take a pic, the sun was setting behind the cloud formation and it was a beautiful red/pink, with the dark silhouette of Beachy Head. Anyone with a decent camera would have nailed a super duper snap! Anyway this is my poor effort, bear in mind I was in the car travelling at speed!
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    Desperation makes a two day northerly seem like a ‘47 redux! clusters show this pub run evolution has about as much chance as anything else in the day 9/11 day period lets look for some consistency tomorrow
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    Well at least we can put to bed the myth that longer range models are always pish. Correct call at 3 month lead time is not too bad at all. Of course, this only really applies to a +NAO set up as they are seemingly quite atrocious at dealing with anything outside of the climatological 'norm'
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    It did look hopeful for a time that the MJO would go through 7 and get to phase 8 at decent amplitude, phases that at good enough amplitude can lead to northern/high lat blocking and -NAO further down the line, given the lag of 10-12 days. However, it looks like we are getting the response of the wave through phase 6 leading to blocking high pressure over the UK/Europe (MLB) but the response from the move into phase 7 is looking rather muted in recent model output. One explanation, that I read by Isotherm a US weather expert on another forum, is that the wave of strongest convection over the Pacific is tending to be along the equator and the southern hemisphere tropics of the Pacific - so this is having less impact on the upper flow of the northern hemisphere than was hoped. Given the background state of the strong TPV since mid-December, what little amplification is being made from the convection in the colder phases is having a very muted effect. Couple this with convection firing over the Maritime continent (warm phases) and the ongoing effects if the Indian Ocean Dipole - it appears the MJO does not want hang around or get into colder phases at decent amplitude this winter. But prefers to spend longer in warmer phases. With regards to hoping the eQBO will help us out, again, not as clear cut, yes the QBO is easterly high up in the stratosphere, but it still has yet to descend lower down into the lower stratosphere and certainly far from denting the strong zonal winds at high latitudes - though signs it will do this through February, so may help weaken the PV with time and perhaps allow northern blocking as we end winter. The models still forecasting a decrease in 10 hPa zonal winds in the stratosphere, but its dropping from a very high spike and so forecast, so far, only get to the climatology average - given zonal winds tend to drop anyway on average as we go towards March. So where does that leave us? Nothing showing from the main drivers to change the pattern for a few weeks, though worth keeping an eye on the blocking centred over central Canada perhaps extending its influence towards NW Atlantic and even western Greenland - this *could* be enough to orientate an increasingly cyclonic NW to SE flow across NW Europe as we end January..
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    The photos below show the kind of visibility which could be 'enjoyed' in parts of rural Lanarkshire and Ayrshire this afternoon. Mist and moisture everywhere - it soaks you without the need for any rainfall. The lack of sunshine suppressed the temperature to about 7 to 8 degrees Celsius so not quite as mild as some places. Looks like back to a more mobile pattern fairly soon, and probably back on the cold side of the jet stream as next week progresses, but still very little chance of any low ground snowfall in the near future by the looks of things.
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    And this one does have a Scottish connection. Taken by a lass who moved there from Dundee.
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    ECM 0z @ 240 ECM 12z @ 240 ECM 12 z uppers @ 240 A little bit better at the end from ECM 12z in comparison to the 0z but hardly enough to get carried away with yet. The good news is that the GFS has been pointing at a cold Northwesterly for 28th / 29th Jan too for several runs . So there is still hope GEFS 12z control run @ 240
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    That naughty polar vortex is going to be largely displaced to Eurasia in coming days what does that mean? Well mid Atlantic blocking will be under less fire. The strong vortex could assist with cold trough sinking into Europe with unusually cold air to tap into, we will see what happens but I’d say N/NW cold snap likely. How cold? And for how long? Probably not for long. What is clear there is some very cold air available potential for something more than standard.
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    Hows this for keen. Local farmer resumed ploughing the field in darkness at 6am. Grabbed this picture 5 minutes ago. What a trooper!
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    Turn back the clock to early-mid Nov when peeps were getting excited by southerly tracking lows, and all 'we' ended up with was weeks of cold rain. Whilst the Winter-resident AH/mid-Atlantic High (take your pick on the name) stays relatively 'put', add in the Winter 19/20 2nd HP foe, namely the Ruskie High, and we'll just get a return to cold rain, being brought across Blighty, on system after system. Yuk! Bring on Fuerteventura in late March
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    Not a very interesting spell of weather on the immediate horizon, a case of watching the current high ebb away slowly to the south, allowing the atlantic to make inroads once again by the weekend. A mild picture in the main, with cloud. Into next week, further unsettled weather from the west, with something colder from the NW for the north at least. Its these kind of synoptics that force me to switch off from model watching for a few days, might just do that..
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    It really is tough for coldies so far this Winter. Again as the latest GFS shows the NH jet flow is so flat with little ridging anywhere keeping the cold bottled up above 60n much of the time.The high will at least give a mostly dry few days with some night frosts and daytime temperatures near normal so at least feeling a bit more seasonal.
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    18z suite. Op, Control and 14 out of 20 GEFS members hit -8 850s or lower on the south coast. Consistency required but as I mentioned earlier this looks very feasible.
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    As noted by others the GFS 18z is a lovely run and along the lines of my thoughts which I posted a while back about cooler / colder from the NW / N then attempts at higher pressure toward Greenland fitting in with MJO phases 6/7 though phase 7 weaker than originally thought. Obviously some caveats being that we have seen quite a few times the 18z runs tending to be quite a bit colder than the others and with the coupled strat and IOD those haven't helped either but with a weakening of IOD and a PV displacement likely fingers crossed that we will have a chance at something more akin to winter. Will be interesting to see what the ensembles show.
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    very much continuation of the theme. . and of course 850s will be tempered. .although perhaps not quite as usual. . and again let's get the flow in...the look at the deeper dynamics! ! it's cold and frosty hp. ..transferring to milder wetter mobility. ..then I'm quite sure a deflection to such as the snap! !.. I'm going for a potent north westerly. ..with a possibility of switching northerlys. whatever. ..some meat on the bone. [email protected]
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    Oooohhhhh GFS you are a tease, but I do love you...
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    First snow fall of this boring winter so far if ECM t240 comes off Booooooom !!!
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    Thought you might enter Lottie, as you were the first winner, of my S.E. Snow Depth Cup. If memory serves (which it doesn't very well, after a Stroke of 4 and a bit Years ago), SnowBob also won? Mind you, he was leaving "Brown Envelopes" for me, at Addington Village Tram Stop, which I would pick up on the way to my job, in Croydon. Can't believe he still won though, as the envelopes were empty. Didn't he dead-heat with you, Lottie? Snowray, do you realise what you've taken on? I had sheets of A4 paper, all over my Lounge floor. I had somewhere in the Region of 50 Entrants, split into 2 Regions. North Thames and South Thames, I believe. For the final couple of Years of the Competition, there was no Snow, and it got the reputation of "jinxing" our Snow chances. It was an awful lot of work and possibly one of the reasons, why my Brain literally "blew up", a few Years later. I had a long telephone conversation with S.E. Meteorologist Ian Currie at Lunchtime, and he didn't seem that enthusiastic about our Snow chances, for the last official Winter Month. I'd like to enter your Competition Snowray but think I'll wait until I've viewed the 00z Model runs Having spoken to the "Horse's Mouth", so to speak, we may well be in for a long wait!! In a short while, I will Post up more details of my conversation with Ian Currie. Regards, Tom.
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    In theory, if it gets flushed down, however, from experience these nearly always translate to either topplers or transient NW flows in the trop, however, this is nearing the end of the season and the warming is still going strong at the top right out to 384 and is either a reversal or near reversal so this one could get interesting.
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    Crapuweather strikes again! Their seasonal forecasts are absolutely terrible, last summers one was awful as well. It’s been unsettled here for sure, but stormy? We’ve only had 2 named storms....well down on previous winters. The rest of it is cack too. Best to ignore it really.
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    Today's GFS 00Z not looking to good for my, or anyone else's, snow chances...?
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    Some better news for the east coast of Australia with some heavy rain and thunderstorms
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    Currently 2C and snowing slightly at Cairngorm base station:
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    Wonder how many more weeks before a massive pattern change takes place and the majority of Europe goes bitterly cold.I have seen it before with minus 30 at the end of March in Sweden etc and sub-Zero in Mid March even here on the coast.I expect huge payback from this mildness over Europe. That’s whats keeping my interest in the models and how long before they pick up on the change. Its certainly been a tedious winter though chasing non existent cold for months.
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    Hi gang ,thats the big question every time with day 10 charts , yes south could be Balmy or take it all further south and it could be game on for some wintry ness. So again today we have no real Boom ,but could all change tonight at 7pm ish ,but the hunt is still on ,possibility of a cold trough setting up to our east in time for February, low 850 s and and warm sea temp some beefy snow showers PERhaps ,cheers .
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    22 months ago (March 2018) - not so long ago
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    looks like it’s not just us suffering a mild winter so far, saw this on an American FB site! is the Pacific affecting our weather as a knock on effect? Well the pattern doesn't look good for us Winter lovers after this cold snap. Recall a few days ago I was watching everything we meteorologists look at going out into the future, and all guidance and teleconnections looked like a major pattern change was coming and would stay. Thats no longer the case. Instead, Alaska and Greenland remain cold as the main heart of Arctic cold stays locked up, after our brief bout of cold next few days. Thats not good for us in the Southeast, nor really anyplace in the middle to eastern seaboard for getting and keeping cold air around. The Pacific jet is loaded with waves that keep in pushing across the country, and not allowing enough time or wavelength distance to alter the flow toward a strong Winter like pattern yet. Every few days we have another rain making storm cut inland, and possibly behind it we cool off some, before we have the next inland cutting storm, and you guessed it--more rain. Its a guessing game as to when we really fundamentally shift the pattern, but it's no time really soon I'm afraid for those of us wanting a Winter storm to track. As always though next couple of weeks, with atleast marginal cold air following some storms, we'll have to monitor any small scale systems that may drag down "just enough" marginally cold air to work with somewhere, but right now, just not impressed with the pattern for most of us for the remainder of the month. Here's a big picture look of the overall flow pattern out through day 10.
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    Not much to say really, same old, same old right out till D16. We are locked into the current pattern of no northern blocking. Maybe the jet further south, or maybe not, if it does then likely cold-zonal rather than cool-mild. But NW'ly can only get you so far for wintry weather especially the further SE you are. GEM moves towards ECM at D10 with a mini-ridge in the westerly flow so maybe 48h of cooler uppers, though upper T850's cut off early so a watered down cold rain scenario mostly. GFS flatter again but probably too progressive as per usual so expect a shift towards GEM/ECM. Maybe as suggested repeated pattern though still the mean in FI suggests anomalous heights building near the UK, and that maybe the MJO signal; dying in 7 and moving back to 5, so that is subject to change. D16 mean: No need to comment on the above, a picture paints a thousand words. As for the hope that the +IOD would relax, maybe second thoughts on that: May explain why we are stuck in this rut. As for the strat, I suspect that if an SSW happens it will be too late to save winter, but maybe a cool damp Spring again? Still no sign of the MJO/WWB showing up in the models for anomalous height rises and even with the lag that should be helping in FI, so maybe other forces dampening the effect? Though after D10 we do see mid-lat Pacific, Russian and Iberian highs; that may indeed be the extent of the MJO forcing within the whole atmospheric mix? Hoping the trough at D8+ stalls a bit and we get a more potent cold upper flow like the GEM: Though the ECM has moved away from this in the latest run and GFS yet to board that train...
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    to me the most exciting time is seen soon at the models :
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    Stunning day out there today. Refreshing to see clear blue skies , so much better than the mehfest of late. totally get why the downbeat vibe in the MOD thread , good to see some of our more learned posters from here trying to inject some positivity there. but it’s still only 18th of January, model accuracy falls of a cliff like a drunken lemming after about 7 days so ........
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    Morning all Looking across to the Cowal Peninsula there is snow! Snow line is roughly 400 meters and above. (As usual) Plenty of showers moving through in the past few hours and still going at the moment. Heading out shortly for a proper look as snow is hard to come by this Winter! Lowland snowfall wise end of January still looks interesting - North West/West looks best but even here it will only be for about 12 to 24 hours! (If it even becomes reality and no doubt you will need to live above 200 meters for snow to settle ) ECM: GFS for the same timeframe: As ever we shall see what happens - grim Winter so far from a cold/snow perspective and not much cheer for the long term currently. Glencoe is looking good if you seek a proper snow fix! Webcams - Glencoe Mountain Resort WWW.GLENCOEMOUNTAIN.CO.UK Click to refresh the page Click a thumbnail to view larger webcam view or scroll down for slideshow. Upper Depth 85cm Lower Depth 45cm Have a good weekend!
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    Just realised that this link is updated each day. So here is (hopefully) the actual version for anybody who has been unable to read it! https://spaceweatherarchive.com/2020/01/16/magnetic-explosions-discovered-on-earths-doorstep/ It believes they have observed a 'near earth' magnetic explosion due to gusts of solar wind bending the earths natural magnetic force field and the explosion occurred as the force field reconnected again. It was accompanied by a vivid Aurora, and is believed to be one of the closest to earth yet recorded MIA
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    September last - and rather nice it was too..
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    The transition to a more settled scenario this weekend quickly establishes an impressive high cell but through next week this does come under pressure from energy exiting the eastern seaboard, aided and abetted by the presence of a cut off low in the Iberia region.. And later in the ten day period a lobe of the tpv tracks east from northern Canada which essentially marks the end of high pressure influence and a return to a more zonal flow as the tpv over the Arctic undergoes some restructuring. The various anomalies vary a tad in detail but all are in the same ball park and give a reasonable over view of this
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    So despite a week of ECM "potential" D10 charts we still await that potential! Maybe today's 0z: Looking at GEM and GFS for the same time, the ECM looks to be on its own: Knowing how poor ECM is at that range maybe no surprise. Clearly we have to wait for models to get some coherence for post-D8 before we can write off January, but probabilities suggest, as many of us think, is that February will be the start of winter if it happens? Records suggest the US has its 3rd warmest winter on record (mid-point), and the theory that low solar activity = more blocking is looking dubious. CET of 3.9c above the average at mid-month sums it up. Anyway the GEFS are all over the place so little point looking into FI, so until advised we should assume tPV the main driver and just hope this current intense WWB does indeed promote a true MJO signal after the lag, before it declines (GFS) in phase 7 (though other models suggest it may enter phase 8 [Australian model]). Other positive background signal and assuming the tPV starts to wind down as expected maybe a late winter still possible. Of course, the experts could be missing something and the rest of the winter may suck as well!
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    Wild and very wet as I drove home around 4:30pm. Got soaked just jumping I to the post office in Alford to pick up a parcel. Next weekend still showing 'potential' for some snow, but probably not widespread, and certainly not what I'd call 'snowmageddon'.
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    Absolutely hammering down with rain in Edinburgh. Looking forward to the dry weekend!
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    The ECM 00z at t240. Not brilliant but I suppose it could still retrogress up to Greenland, from there. Think the "Garden Path" Jury, is still out. But at "least it will be drier", for a time!! Regards, Tom.
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    You guys have awoken me from my ancient slumber... Nearly spat me horlex out when I viewed the 18z....strooth...some intense cold showing its hand on this run.... Could we be about to see for the 1st time this season.... A boom situation. Ps.. I'm out of reactions but fantastic commentary from all of you... You beauty..
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    Brilliant post @Catacol I completely agree with that summary. Large cold pools will exist for a long time, it's going to be a case of the UK being lucky for a direct hit from it! I firmly believe we have cycles regarding cold and mild spells, unfortunately due to climate change these scenarios may become less frequent, but they will turn up in clusters non the same! I'm convinced we will still see a repeat situation of the 82/83 freeze, and of course the 87/88 freeze. I still have vivid memories of these winters even though I was only a teen back in 88,what a petty we didn't have mobile phones back then, to stamp it further into the memory! But being knee deep in snow during a whiteout while sledging is a moment I will never forget. I still have the scars on my backside as proof as well! But it was that darn cold I couldn't feel it.. I only hope some of these spells can manifest themselves pretty soon, just to give the younger audience an idea of how great it could be.
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    Northern blocking seems to occur in spring and summer mind! Back to thoughts on the winter so far, the last 5 weeks have been very woeful has to be said for anyone wanting cold, snowy weather, however, the start of December was ok, and the period 11-19 Dec brought a bit of snowy interest here. I never discount chance of snow until well into April, in an average year, March is every bit as likely to deliver snow here as is December. Northerly and easterly airstream statistically more likely to happen from mid Feb until May. Yes springtime cold and snow is not to everyone's liking, but can be significant. Hoping we can see at least some snow falling from the sky this January. Very rare not to see at least something falling from the sky in January.
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