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    Evening All- Today is probably the first day that many will start to take notice of the ECM ( & of course the UKMO which dovetails nicely in together at 144 ) What we have here is a clear case of a model backing away from the initial proposed continuation of the zonal flow to something potentially very amplified. This transition is clearly demonstrated in the modality change of the AO taken from the 12z ECM operational. It has to be said & earmarked at this very early stage that no-one can be certain of any outcome whether that be some deep seated easterly or a flattening of the pattern with no cold. The ECM ( & GEM ) are picking up a transition signal & at day 9/10 may well continue to move fully through that transition to a scenario of what want ( a la 2013 ) or indeed stop short of Nirvana. Whilst he was ridiculed on here for all the right reasons certainly the Ian brown phrase of if you cant see the train then its not coming- Its great to see positive developments over the last 24 hours at 8/9/10 whilst the interim continues to show periodic snow events at localised levels over the UK... An exciting few days to look forward to - All aboard the chase as it starts inline with the crimbo run in......
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    And this is why I'm reluctant to post in this thread. I was in no way trying to 'shoot down' anyone but merely politely trying to point out why this is misleading. It is a shame if one cannot do that. And for the record I do not put myself up as one of the more knowledgeable people on this thread, unlike quite a few others.
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    I must be the only one then that looks at these chart and walks off satisfied. Anyone hunting wall to wall snow in November needs to read their history. The pressure differential between Greenland and Scandy on those charts is pretty good for vortex disruption when combined with the Aleutian low in the North Pacific. November is nothing but a setup month - no low ground product in terms of snow is realistic. In addition the pattern is effectively blocked, and people need to realise that a block creates a more meridional flow that promotes warm flows from the south as well as cold flows from the north. The fact that the Scandy anomaly helps pull warm air up over the UK is part of life in this part of the world at this time of the year. The pattern is not one of raging zonality, the strat/trop disconnect remains in place at least for now, and vortex stress looks likely. Winter doesn’t start for 3 more weeks, and realistically doesn’t really kick in until mid December which is 5 more weeks. If you need to cheer yourself up in the search for snow try reading up about the Feb 18 reversal that led to that beastly spell. The Atlantic preconditions are not dissimilar and while every patten is unique we are certainly in with a chance of a cold outbreak this season. Just don’t expect it in November and don’t expect it to last all winter. 1963 was unique and a year I don’t think we will see repeated for as long as the world continues to warm.
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    Would that be this winter, only 8 days old, with another 82 days to go? Which has already delivered a lovely cold start to December with widespread frosts for many, and an Atlantic storm now in the western approaches? Some have been reporting hail and thunder in the south west today as well. Goodness me, hasn't this been a promising start to the season? No reason to lose heart so soon, my friend, just because we're not all buried in snow - yet. Every year I see the best winter weather conditions develop almost overnight from nothing in the 5-7 day period so we should all keep looking because the next great blizzard may only be just around the corner!
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    So Ensemble watch getting exciting now as I have introduced the 'deep cold' circle today ( sub -7c ) & that is tracking SSW with each run....
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    I cannot believe the total memory loss of the same old people here, thats the same ones posting the same replies as they do every year - defending the GFS when its going to be wrong. When you have UKMO aligned to ECM & ECM mean at 120 they are NEVER trumped by an out of kilter GFS especially the 06z which is like comparing a pedigree with a stray. So for all the neutrals who wonder if its just opinion or is it sound education over a few years lets take yesterday as a prime example of how bad the 06Z GFS is - UKMO 144 yest V 120 Today That is a superb match across day 6 down to Day 5. Metronomic consistency with minimal adjustments all around the Globe. Now look at the runt of the litter the GFS. Same timeline. Yesterday at 144 No Greenland High, No decent arc of Cold coming through Scandi UK in southerlies -- Look how much this model has changed in that short time span... * So if yesterday was awful at 144 with no clue of the pattern then the probability is todays 144>168 is the same bin fodder How anyone who indicates they follow the models can put any credibility on such a pants model (06z) - means to me they are deliberate in their attempts to derail the thread. Back to the original well proven point * If the 06z goes off on a tangent through 144 then scrap it *
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    I was cleaning the car about 30 mins ago & felt a tremor in the force - Must be something brewing in the models.. ( I love warm & sunny weather ) but a switch in the next 10 days could mean a last chance meeting with old man Winter...
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    ECM 192 has all the hallmarks of a weak stationary jet which is about to amplify! Its all backing up!
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    Lie being the by-word.. If you have solid evidence that a cold spell-late feb early march is way off the mark.. Then i anticipate your analysis....keenly. Also your comments above are down rite rude!!!!
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    Some stella tastic -AOs this morning-
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    Can I be the first to welcome @knocker back to the asylum full time !
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    Caught some lovely structure last night. Just South of Hailsham, E Sussex, looking toward the coast.
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    *Enters model thread* Sees talk of earthquakes volcanoes global warming and climate on other planets and still no model discussion. *Leaves model thread*
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    Well if that's what everyone wants here I don't see a lot of point in anyone who finds this totally boring and pointless posting in this thread. I personally find day to day meteorology interesting enough
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    Good to see things ticking along nicely WRT pressure rising to the North & the atlantic systems being ushered on a more southerly track- Some may remember me commenting 2 days ago on the GFS being to far NE with its angle Well now look V the 2 charts from the other day Original prognosis at 84 was all the enery moving NE Now the same timestamp this eve on the 18z Note the swift change to the jet alligning SE This will stop the low ploughing NE through the UK which would have blocked the small ridge of high pressure moving NW towards Iceland- Now this ridge looks like developing so the return to colder runs has returned At this point in the year im glad the main thrust of cold is still 8-10 days away as for us down south thats really the earliest window we could really hope for snow anyway.... First Air frost here last night @ -0.5c Cheers
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    @Allseasons-si A classic 3 wave pattern. Anyway I think the key watch here over the next 14 days appears to be the amount of 'undercutting' we get from a high that aligns NW up towards Greenland... Very very interesting times - Early snow potential available for the North...
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    Once again some great and insightful posts, sorry about running out of likes! The 12z ensembles to me look just fab, the mean has come down further, and we are now looking at a fair amount of sub zero runs, I've even noticed a few potential snow makers on a couple of em. It's blatantly obvious things are shaping up well at the moment due to the increase in posts. This could be one hell of a busy run up to Xmas and beyond. 2010 repeat!! Let's go one better and have a 47/63 combined effort.... Could we cope with that! I'd like to think so.
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    Just as a very brief addition (before properly retiring to the sidlelines until next Spring) to the previous post made about 5 weeks back which alluded to the escalation of confirmation bias wrt weather preferences which.rises to its highest levels in autumn and winter Its based on a conversation I have had with someone who is a very well respected observer elsewhere, with a level of knowledge and perception that many would aspire to and of a higher technical level for sure than my own. Most importantly they suspend their own natural preferences and make judgements neutrally and based on the merits of all variables present and not selectively. Such observers I think are the ones particularly worth listening to and trying to learn from. Anyway, relevant to the here and now situation but extrapolating that forward in terms of future possibilities - here is some of that conversation based on my own contributions. A few further additions have subsequently been made to make it most relevant to the UK and Europe Yes for my own purposes, a defacto traditional Nina regime looks increasingly likely to persist in the months ahead. The question being where any Pacific convergence may set up to interfere with the regime and create scope for less tropical and extra tropical disconnect to the base state. In that sense the much less disconnected SOI plays a bit part if any westerly wind compartment is isolated, so to speak, due to a wider overriding -ve momentum inertia High amplitude Phase 3 GWO could well be set to return to Phase 1 as trade winds increase across the IO following the recent extra tropical increase in momentum. Once the +EAMT wavelength fades over coming days, -ve FT in the tropics will lead MT momentum trending -ve once more and maintain the GWO well within the Nina attractor phases - providing the steer to persisting sub tropical ridging. This sub tropical ridging is well in evidence in present modelling and amplification of this ridging during autumn and indeed winter to provide short lived colder incursions is quite consistent with many similar years and not at all unusual, or any signal of a harsh winter, This, plus question marks wrt QBO transition needs to be balanced against any weakness within the polar field c/o arctic and other destabilizing factors and why I personally continue to be much more ambivalent and sceptical about the relevance of blocking patterns at this stage of autumn in terms of what it might imply ahead. Just my view of course - and which customarily tries to be detached from mainstream hype that grows each and every year, at this time of year - and when sensible weather preferences and ideals often attempt to fit too many drivers to produce that desired outcome, when probabilities often suggest alternative solutions that are much less popular to the masses. The gist of this extract is that much is yet to become clearer in terms of seasonal overview, but especially stressing that model output commentary during the early stages of the short seasons and making assumptions based on persistence of certain aspects of patterns is fraught with error when attempting to assign specially selected drivers as a means to fit the desired outcome. To all those following progress of the weather patterns in the weeks ahead, try to enjoy progress and evolution - regardless of outcomes vs preferred outcomes
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    I will take the GEM control run please for xmas day ! Nice to see Matt Hugo copying me on Twitter
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    Plus its the NH..... UKMO will forever outperform the GFS in Europe > Another example today with ECM / UKMO identical at 120 V the random GFS. Anyone putting GFS above UKMO for Europe has been wearing horses blinkers for years. Next we will be rating the 06z GFS .....
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    The usual (probably quite dull by now) advice from me We should not be too quick to dismiss a single deterministic run, even if it is out of kilter with its own suite (caveat: I have not yet seen the EPS suite), particularly given the higher resolution of the deterministic run in trying to resolve some delicate balances over the atlantic. We simply don’t know at this stage where to judge this run and will need to wait for further runs. My second and definitely tiresome piece of advice is to be very cautious when looking beyond day 5 in the Greenland locale and particularly with regards to any suggestion of increased heights (those lovely greens and yellows on the H500 charts) - we have seen season after season a bias towards increasing heights too much in this area beyond day 5, only for this to correct itself the closer to T+0 we get. At some point, like a stopped clock, the models will sniff out one of these Greenland height rises correctly (and I do fancy that to be this year incidentally), but for now I would urge caution before we drive ourselves towards an early season meltdown. With Brexit coming Nick might struggle to get the Prozac over the border.
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    First I wasn't presenting a seasonal forecast ( just a paraphrased post) and am not a competitive forecaster anyway, and don't subscribe to competitive 'methods' either. If you read the post properly (which you didn't) then you would see that I illustrated this by saying that I don't have the technical where-with-all of the person (person(s) to which I referred. Being honest isn't a weakness and doesn't need to be compensated by tub-thumping statements that proclaim what the 'talk of the weather community is these days'... This is an an internet site for people of all levels and hopefully of managed ego's - , not a platform for parading 'method manifestos'. There is too much of this grandstanding in our outside world as it is... Arctic amplification was mentioned - I referred to it briefly as part of a condensed post and simply didn't write extensively about something that is pertinent to what you want to be the peoples anthem for the coming winter. It is one factor of many, which on its own does not lead to one favoured outcome all the time (as one season to another each year bears out), but involves consideration of multi-variables that might imply more than the one solution than a majority might want to hear. You are free to do this of course, if you want to steer towards a populist outcome - but things don't always work out in reality however convincing they might appear to those who like what they hear. Indeed things don't always work out for anyone when based on attempted objective discussion - the weather makes mugs of all of us. But better to start from a baseline that manages expectation and hopes to learn from mistakes rather than be a tribal lead to populist weather preferences . The price of narcissism does have limits
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    In my lifetime so far...today has been the equal greatest weather day of all time! (BFTE 2018 the other ) It had everything - warmth, sun, mist, fog, spectacular lightning, ear splitting thunder and a perfect sunset to end the day! If Summer finished tomorrow I would give it a 10 out of 10 after the last incredible four days! I would also be happy with something like this from the GFS 12z for the rest of Summer - if no proper hot weather was on the cards! Hope everyone enjoyed the scorching temperatures down South today - shame we didn’t break the record but we have all learned so much about upper 850’s, surface temperatures and North Sea wind! A big thank you again to every single member who has posted in this thread and previous ones - it has been a joy to read! We go again in July!
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    Aside from the daily commentary of updated model suites, from a regular few and which proves a useful, helpful and pleasant antidote to mood swings, unfortunately far too much typically absurd and unwarranted overreaction to the inherent erraticism of numerical modelling is omnipresent as usual on here from the usual suspects - and which serves no useful or rational purpose at all. This, much more of a nuisance than what NWP (apparently) most lately suggests itself So, by way of most recent example of this - we arrive at the point that sections of NWP, about a week back (including long term EC monthly!) was mapping out a good 10 to 15 days at least of cool and changeable weather with a trough anchored very close over and to our NE, phasing with further disturbances arriving across the Atlantic on a supressed jet stream. Instead we look at this to end the coming week and the weekend Its not, and was never likely in my opinion to be a long term sustainable ridge - but what it does do is represent a likely recurring pattern in the opening weeks of summer based on the detailed discussion of parameters discussed in the previous post, and many preceding it. As suggested in that post, this is not likely to be another 2018 type summer with weeks of blazing anticyclonic ridges and so expectations should be adjusted accordingly in my opinion. If not that, then at the very least learn not to flinch with each and every output, or better still, wait a period and see what emerges over a period of a day or two rather than every 6 to 12 hours! On the basis of a diagnostic, rather than purely wholly numerical modelling approach - for the opening period of summer (at least) it does look to me to be one punctuated by an Atlantic trough and downstream ridge pattern that breaks down and then re-programmes. Rinse and repeat. In that sense, the above snapshot of the expected weather pattern to end the week (and very pleasant conditions) conforms quite closely with those prior expectations. And its not a bad place at all to be at the very start of summer - irrespective of whatever else is currently suggested to follow. Looking ahead from this time, personally I am very sceptical of any NWP trying to break down the weekend pattern sustainably by, yet again, suggesting a repetition of a week or so back with a same extrapolation of breakdown into equally sustainably cool and changeable conditions in the extended period. Operational NWP shouldn't be taken at face value at any time, and that includes ensemble data at long range as well - which is equally quite prone to change direction like a shoal of fish in midstream, when they exert a bias signal and appear unable to "see" beyond the that signal to the next. After all, it gets forgotten on this thread by some - but its not the computer models that drive the signals....but its... So NWP in the last 10 days or so has been particularly poor, and is likely to continue to be unreliable which means that human reaction to every output should be adjusted accordingly. This also means that whilst upper air noaa anomalies do represent a best guide as an overview of NWP - they too still remain just a snapshot in time and will also change as computer models evolve with signals. So a good idea to adopt a cautionary word here also at not taking them too much at face value. Relative global atmospheric angular momentum remains comfortably above average and with a fair degree of westerly wind inertia in the atmosphere and more to be added as another MJO wave begins its course through the Indian Ocean to arrive in the Pacific later in June.. This to help programme further downstream amplification in this sector of the NH heading through the month. AAM forecasts continue as before to advertise this supported trend. Whilst the natural interim supressed phase of convection over the Pacific (shaded orange) temporarily creates some upstream amplification and a little extra downstream polar jet energy, -as cautioned above, the risk of overreaction to this shorter term signal is clear and questions any attempts by NWP to try to effectively "crash "AAM and as a synoptic response send sustained increases in polar jet energy over the top of a retracted and amplified Atlantic ridge such as the ECM operational is currently trying to do. As long as the tropical signal resides as default in the Pacific, and angular momentum therefore remains sufficiently buoyant, then an upstream ridge and UK trough remains counter intuitive on any holding basis. . Look at where the low frequency tropical signal resides close to and just west of the dateline in the Pacific It supports an El Nino type standing wave, even if not a "pure" basin type El Nino. In fact, the standing wave due west of the dateline is better than any east based signature which would supply too much of a southern stream (as unhelpful for warmth in our sector as too much polar jet energy) So its not the pure ENSO base state that is important at all here, it is the relationship that the atmosphere adopts to the base state - and this is one that drives a programme of rossby wave trains that should keep punching breaks into the downstream jet and filling them with the sort of ridges that are advertised this coming weekend. With that in mind, there looks to be a very slack downstream void setting up in quite a bit of the modelling beyond next weekend where the attempted phasing of the jet coming across the Atlantic (trying to bump up the strength of low pressure) hits the buffers. A very large percentage error exists here - the European mainland having already become anomalously hot by this time. A ridge, or at least relatively higher pressure is always most likely to reside here, on the basis of the above wave train analysis - so any modelling trying to fire up huge lows and ultra progressively sweep this continental airmass aside should be viewed as just one main source of suspicion. The UK is always likely to be on the cusp of the Atlantic vs European airmass difference, and so no surprise that a uniformly settled picture cannot be guaranteed in any way and is not likely (unlike 2018) - but also no surprise that some NWP will come up with solutions that produce over deepened lows where the phasing of the lows on the downstream jet, clash with hot and humid airmasses. But though it alas takes centre attention due to the vicissitude of NWP, this is simply the noise that masks the default, which will (for the time being at least) be to restore a trough/ridge pattern - rather than progressively try to usher in a low angular momentum jet stream scenario where pressure falls over both UK and Europe and pressure rises sustainably instead upstream over the central and western Atlantic. Please note the deliberately persistent italicised and/or bolded use of word sustainably in this post.
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    Don’t post in this forum but have been reading it for years to predict to my family when it will snow in advance. I don’t want to moan but feel I have to share this view has it has become almost unbearable in here recently. Im referring to so many people posting relating to in their own back yard. For someone who does not know how to read most modal charts this is most frustrating as it creates a very confusing picture to the novice. It seams to have got worse since the thread has been split and sadly the mods can’t keep on top of them. there has also been a very southern bias recently and although this has been like it for years again it’s still very annoying and highly confusing I know most in here want to see snow (myself included) but can everyone one have a little bit more self control SL when posting specifically about their own area so that other people less knowledgable can understand the thread as most of the time it’s been an enjoyable read For the more experience members in here (you know who you are) please keep up the good work fonally good luck to EVERYONE who wants to see snow. From what I’m reading from the more knowledgeable member it’s starting to look likely we may see a WIDESPREAD and quite notable cold spell sorry for the gripe but really needed to be said LETS HELP THE MODS
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    Superb UKMO this morning! But key features in the extended from ICON / GFS is the secondary ridging North post 168 > 192 GFS implodes the vortex with a QTR
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    18z says no to phasing the lows. This really is not your standard Northern Hemisphere . Whether we end up with a proper cold spell by the end of the year or not, this will continue to be fascinating to see this continue to evolve over the coming weeks
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    It's great to see all the gang back on the strat thread - I did nag @chionomaniac to join in the fun. @Recretosgreat blog on Severe EU and always love seeing what data crunching . RAM abusing graphics are up next. @zdlawrence prettty much a privilege to have you here Zac, your website is a real benchmark for Strat monitoring after years of peering at the Berlin charts. I think the testament is that even a year on the 3D work is catching the attention of esteemed pros such as Mike Ventrice. I loved the fact that #stratpants appeared this season when last year we had saw the same split troosers ( Scottish for Jeans / Trousers / etc). Best contribute with some commentary too other than say what a great season ahead, am personally loving Novembers now - it's the chase of the what happens next as much as the will it won't it herald negative AO/NAO or a decent winter.. By that I mean the down-welling question and the concentration of minds on this. Stop and reflect for a moment on how we were only 5 years ago working out precursors or Displacement / Split Dynamics.. Loving this ! Gnarly old vortex aint enjoying the Anticyclonic stuff happening right now.. can't do what it wants... Get your crayons out... Not a forecast there are two other years in the mix for Solar QBO similarity...however 95 worth a look..
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    yep welcome back @tight isobar another 8 months trying to work out what any of your posts mean!!! can we have it in plane old english this winter??
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    I think I just let out a bit of wee!
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    Not posted since Sunday but this is what I'm hoping for..this is winter isn't it?...I want snow dammit!!!!!!!!❄
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    Yes this type of chart whilst not exhibiting extreme Northern blocking is about as primed for snow in the UK as your ever going to get!
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    It's all looking very interesting towards month end wrt to a pattern change. Suggestions of a northerly have been showing up on a few runs. I thought maybe a short lived one at first as the trop. vortex moved across towards Siberia with Atlantic ridging moving in after. Now though with continuing wave attacks on the vortex from both sides we are seeing a building trend for Greenland blocking later on. This along with the Siberian placement of the pv promises a greater chance of a more notable cold outbreak. Some interesting outputs coming out now that's for sure.
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    I stepped aside of the winter season on this site for a variety of separate, but also rather inter related reasons - and the perennially occurring type of nit-picking discussion exchange on this page is just one of them. Nothing changes here - even if the UK maritime driven weather at a crossroads to a large continental landmass traditionally changes back and forth as always The reason I am exceptionally reappearing and responding to the latest sequence of misrepresentation and erroneous judgement from the posts in accord with the sentiments of alleged arrogance expressed above is because they blight not only the most busy winter period, but are demonstrated, smaller scale, a lack of respectful judgement and correct perception all year round. The original culprit most generally attributed to extreme over focus and expectation built around one preference bias solution according to the season present - that is bound to increase risk of error rate if all other probabilistic solutions, that my be present, are discounted. Such error rate leads inevitably to predictable disappointment, and equally predictable finger pointing and baseless unhelpful and judgemental blame game over the failure as part of the perennial ritual. Sadly the methodology (and methodologist) suffers the fate rather than the erroneous sky high bias expectation that feeds the negative reasctions Several things: 1) The diagnostic approach, commonly referred to as "background signals" is *supposed to be* a guide to help assess a pattern framework on a macro scale basis using intra seasonal timescales and feedbacks from recurrence factors existing within the tropics and extra tropics. These then invariably become dumbed down in acronym land as silver bullet snow-making mechanisms (in winter), hiding and invalidating the real efforts in attempting to learn and then reference their proper use 2) The reason that posts might start with statements such as "models are not picking up the signals" is not to brook arrogance and supremacy over computer software, or express the gift of a clairvoyant that other posters simply cannot possess - but as a means of matching a wind-flow (jet stream) diagnostic evident at any given time, to the "drawings" of numerical modelling and stating an interpretation of where NWP may evolve differently in future according to expected changes of wind-flow propagation from the tropics to extra tropics. It is therefore disrespectful and cynical to imply true motives of anyone styling their posts this way are disingenuous otherwise. - irrespective of the final outcome. 3) The diagnostic is extra complicated in the winter through consideration of the seasonal polar vortex - but the tropospheric wind-flow diagnostic remains an essentially valuable guide as to determining how the different levels of the atmosphere may behave, and whether they interact or assume a disconnected or overriding state. None more so than this season for example. 4) Clearly a very complex boundary area and formidable to attempt to dissect, and humans will continue to make mistakes and hopefully learn from those mistakes (if they are allowed the grace to) - but the advent of putting stratospheric research collected over some number of years into active practice on both an amateur and professional level showed it has been possible to make mainstream breakthrough in this aspect of science. Most importantly a degree of measured acceptance and respect.. That has proved inspiring to many, and many who have sought to attempt the challenges on sites such as this and others. Regardless of starting level of knowledge. Therefore equally, a tropospheric diagnostic that can help assess how conducive a hemisphere pattern *may be* to amplify through propagation of planetary waves (which may in turn impact the stratosphere in winter through the assistance of extra tropical mountain torque processes) is an invaluable complimentary guide next to stratospheric practice, to try to start disseminating its own processes. The "bottom upwards" approach within the atmosphere has also therefore started to become inspiring to many. in the same way as stratospheric research pushed boundaries. 5) However, the value of these diagnostics has to be to assess all probabilistic outcomes that may be evident, and so any post starting with "the models are not picking up the signals" is best attributed to the extent of all probabilities and not just the favoured bias solution. 6) It is certainly possible in the pursuit of humility to caveat posts with the disclaimer that more than just simply the bias solution is present (and I for one used to attempt to do this) but this clashes with the dichotomy apparent of where cold science meets weather enthusiast. Both have an obvious valid place. But on an internet forum there is never going to be a one size fits all answer to this and parochial attitudes relating to "background signals" will always exist on the one hand when the bias solution goes AWOL - and on the other hand intellectual snobbery will exist of those deemed allegedly trying to be too clever for their own good. 7) With all this mind, I don't see a duty of anyone to have to come back by order of proxy to explain where they went wrong, or why their allegedly "lofty" stance has ended in failure. I am sure most would wish to do this of their own volition, in the cause of positive explanation and assist to others as to what may have happened if and when the time was pertinent to do so . And last but not least as part of a process of learning from mistakes made themselves. But there is no contractual obligation to do so. I am sure all this does is serve to create wariness of ensuring they do not come back at all In conclusion I would suggest those who, commendably, persist still on these pages with the diagnostic approach, at any (or all) levels of the atmosphere are therefore between a rock and a hard place and will continue to not satisfy anyone as long as the true purpose of their posting is discredited and picked apart accordingly - through not pleasing the different ends of the reader spectrum. Minus a salary (in some cases) as just very ordinary "weather students" who are simply wanting to test their own curiosity.
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    Morning all, just a couple of pics (will get out and take more later) we have 19cms level snow in the garden and it's still snowing well! Exceeded all my expectations. We're sooooooo lucky!
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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, after last year's fiasco, I would have thought the -- albeit frightening -- realisation that 'every other long range Professional forecaster' can still get things wrong, might have started to sink in by now. And, that LRFers are human too...? But I guess not!
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    So where do we stand today? I can assume everyone on board with northerly outbreak with no snow for most followed by UK high. So where do we go from there.... It might be easier to take a view on where we don't go. The conventional wisdom is that the trop vortex will gear up and give us a wet and windy December hell hole. Evidence from the models, GFS T324 showed a complete marmalisation of the vortex: GEM at T240 has another strong ridge into Greenland with power to add: And ECM T240 has an owl looking unhappy during an enema (hint: identify the mouth): Which is all good. Longer term the MO contingency planners has backed off (slightly) from the October version, and two things that might point towards a colder winter are mentioned, one is solar low - well I've been banging on about that on here for ages, nice they mention it, second, tropical Atlantic rainfall apparently favours cold for the UK - come on guys, I've only just got my head round the Indian Ocean Dipole. Nonetheless, the forecast, based also on model output, and we know what that favours, points to a greater likelihood of a mild wet winter with the caveat that cold dry is also possible, but judged less likely. Read more here: Contingency planners WWW.METOFFICE.GOV.UK Our weather products help contingency planners prepare for and respond to emergencies. I haven't mentioned the strat yet, here zonal winds chart from today's 0z: More members going under! But I know there is maybe an issue whether the GEFS is on the same page as the higher resolution op runs. But the signal increases anyway. So, to my mind, there is still no evidence of a consistent ramp up of the trop PV, yet, and, as evidenced by varying runs above, and on ensembles, evidence of a trop vortex completely at sea. All possibilities remain open for me as we transition on Sunday to winter proper... Regards Mike
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    ECM has -5c @850 in situ over the central portion of the UK as the low slides up from the SW With a shallow system certainly some wintryness could be on offer
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    BIONIC ICONIC ICON!!! huge heights into Greenland and a nice trough coming down from Iceland,get in there.
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    I agree that we weren’t lucky last year. We got about 85% of the way towards the cold blast the models kept seeing, but the split ended up being a bit too far west, and SSTs in the Atlantic conspired with the very cold air spilling out of America to prevent sub tropical ridging on the back of some solid tropical forcing to create the high lat block. I think it was a very fine balanced thing...and we got close but not close enough to tip that balance in favour of cold. I don’t see our current kind of mobility in November as a bad thing at all. For a start it isn’t conventional mild zonality - the trough over Europe is helping keepthe trajectory of the Atlantic assault quite steep with residual heights to the north remaining in play, and we have heights to the east in the right place to upset the vortex. Over on the other side of the globe the North Pacific ridge is set to topple, and a period of Aleutian Low action will also help fire warmth into the vortex. Later in the season what we need is a block to the north/NW/NE that can cause a reverse flow and bring in continental cold and this is very hard to achieve when the vortex dominates. So all remains good as far as I can see, and anyone hopeful of widespread snow right now is hoping for the near impossible. Perfect Synoptics right now in most places would bring nothing but drab, cold rain....so let’s “enjoy” the current setup that is about as good as it could be to set the vortex up for a fall and create the background conditions that could bring something special when winter proper is here.
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    It doesn't seem logical take to take the 0600 out of context with the previous two runs and the the ecm After all it was only the other day when you stated 'bin the 0600' because it didn't agree with your preferred outcome.
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    To me, the Ecm 12z operational looks even colder than the 0z..hope this trend continues guys!
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    The ECM 12z operational might be an outlier of this evening, and indeed may prove by next week to have been just that - but it fully exemplifies (to the greatest extreme maximum!) the scenario I outlined yesterday, and which is also present in sections of the FV-3 GFS suite as well. NWP model suites are simply snapshots in time, and each one develops the themes of the previous suite according to the diagnostic probabilities. So its quite conceivable for even upper air patterns to diverge from one suite to another when an essential part of the jigsaw in terms of the upstream pattern shows a large spread degree of uncertainty. And from memory someone posted a substantial degree of spread of the eastern Atlantic yesterday which illustrated the conundrum of how energy is split with the trough responsible for ushering in the initial (very) warm air advection from the start of next week. Climatology favours the more progressive solution, and it could be that the expected two/three day plume = fresher air to follow does indeed verify, but I wouldn't personally be astonished to see a curveball. This based on the diagnostic probabilities that suggest and support some deceleration of the jetstream across the Atlantic round about the pivotal time that heat advection is pushing north through the UK. This interfering with the distribution of energy in the eastern Atlantic at the key period - and which leads onto that Atlantic ridge late next week to fill the void left by the slowing pattern to complicate things further and help stall the eastward shunt script. And which is clearly modelled on the ECM 12z as well The ECM 12z might turn out to be some viewing entertainment in the fulness of time, but as a few have already hinted at, there is nothing about its modelling within the day 4 to 6 period which is not credible - even if the chances of such sustained intense heat as it shows are likely (relatively) moderated. Or maybe not as the case might be...
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    Last time I looked at a calendar, there were 22 days left in this month. I think anyone writing off the next three weeks on the basis that we have had a poor start to this month and then deducing the entire summer is a write off, probably needs to take a step back and consider their expectations. 2018 was extreme if you look at historical years with both the heat and the cold. We are not duplicating that this year so far for sure, but by the same token this also doesn't mean that we can confidently say that the next three months are going to be a copy of the last three days.
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    Outlook - Trending towards a NW/SE split and very warm for a time The NH 500mb profile and surface analysis for midnight and the 0400 UK chart The low to the west of Scotland slowly drifts north east during today but bits and pieces of old occlusions will continue to bring heavy showers to N. Ireland and western Scotland, coalescing at times into longer spells of rain. At the other end of the country, in the south east, the current gloom will continue with further outbreaks of rain during the day courtesy of the old cold front still being a nuisance Elsewhere sunny intervals but perhaps the odd shower. Temps a little above average Tonight the low will continue to track north east to be west of Norway and the cold front in the south also finally clears. Thus a generally clearer and colder night, maybe just a touch of frost in places, and showers confined to the north west So a chilly start to tomorrow but then a fairly pleasant day for most with lighter winds, courtesy of a very transient ridge, but the nest frontal system approaching from the west with bring rain and strengthening winds to N. Ireland and western Scotland by 1400. And this will spread east and effect northern England and Wales through the afternoon. Temps still a tad above average It will continue wet and windy in the north through Tuesday night and Wednesday as the complex system tracks north of Scotland with the south of the country remaining dry. temps trending well above average. But to the west the oft mentioned deep low gas arrived on the scene and is 939mb in mid Atlantic Over Thursday and Friday amplification occurs with the Atlantic trough digging a fair way south and in the process initiating a long South westerly fetch into the UK and thus some very warm air So a very warm couple of days with max temps in the lap of the gods but certainly mid to high teens. Any rain rain confined to the far north west Wrong thread Will the string of garlic and the silver crucifix be sufficient?
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    What a stunning winter's day it's been in the kingdom I was gonna head north to the deeper snow but given the light overnight falls in Fife I opted to stay put, and instead made three visits to the Ballo. It was cloudy first thing but cleared up nicely: Down on the ice it looked more like a big salt flat! But I didn't walk out too far. Thankfully the previous few days, with no snow on the loch, had clearly shown where the safe spots were. A return visit for sunset, and it's been a while since I've seen it looking like this. It froze over in March but there was no sunshine then. And even after the sun had set....the light show continued A lovely day!
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