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  1. This is where grammar and punctuation are crucial. Your words could mean two completely opposite sentiments, and I have no idea which. Please clarify.
  2. The GFS 6z ensembles illustrate that the ops run was on the mild side, and overall continue to show temperatures likely on the cold side of normal. How that translates in actuality is another matter, but anyone thinking of switching to a hunt for early warmth is likely to be engaging in a chase even more futile than the long running hunt for cold.
  3. GFS 6z ensembles show a very distinct trend to early spring like conditions through day 10 plus. This trend has gathered pace of the last day or so, and is of course completely contrary to other guidance, but hard to ignore given the notable failure of other guidance this winter in relation to northern blocking.
  4. This is called confirmation bias. You have rationalised every outcome as being a vindication of 'experts'. When I look at MO I see a relative (not total) lack of northern blocking and a resurgence of an active although meridional jet. There is no proven causal link of current synoptics to the much vaunted tele-connective signals. There's a danger here that the science is not challenged because confirmation bias leads to a complacency. I'd like to see a little more self critical analysis by 'experts' of what has gone wrong. Why has the trop response not been forthcoming, or been so delayed, or even just been rather minimal? Because something has gone wrong this winter, and there's no point in pretending it hasn't.
  5. The next potential has been at 300 hours for over a month. Personally I believe neither the models beyond 144 nor those who tell us about tele-connected led macro events. The truth seems to be that our understanding of atmospheric science is still a long way from being able to predict very much into the future. Thus isn't a plague on 'experts' it's just a reality check. The MO thread is a testament to exaggerated claims and eventual frustration. Model output have evolved over the last 24 hours to a much less favorable outlook for U.K. cold. It may change again ........ and that's the point. It constantly illustrates the limitations of human understanding. We all need to re-connect with this reality in our attitude towards what is shown in MO.
  6. The elephant in the room: Confirmation bias. If there is a cold spell it will be attributed to teleconnections and SSW. If there isn't it will be attributed to the fact that SSWs do not guarantee UK cold. But there will be no causal analysis. It will be taken as a given.
  7. Yes, we've heard about teleconnections for weeks now. The so called 'experts' have talked about the incredibly positive background signals, although they have also pointed out that they don't necessarily guaranteee UK cold. Indeed, presumably it's possible we could end up with unusual warmth? The problem for me is that none of the NWP output shows anything particularly unusual, and we're looking now up to 3 weeks past SSW beginning. There is I think an irrational and almost religious obsession with teleconnections among some. But I suspect that our understanding of such is probably relatively immature in scientific terms, and I say that with full respect to those involved in researching this. But I think that this winter is painfully exposing the limits of our understanding.
  8. Yes, and the job of BBC forecasts is to predict at the micro level. They failed and that's the point.
  9. The European Commission undertook a public consultation last year about stopping all clock changes. Public opinion was overwhelmingly in favour of remaining on a single time zone year round (although over 80% of responses were from Germany). The Commussion believes that clock changes damage human health. So the Commission told EU states that it wanted to stop clock changes from October 2019, and states needed to decide what time zone they wanted to be on permanently. EU states have however pushed back, asking for more time to consult and decide. Consequently the Commission's plans to stop clock changes are on hold, at least until 2020. The UK government has however said that it has no plans to stop changing clocks, and outside the EU the Commission has no jurisdiction over UK time.
  10. Since I'll be accused of negativity if I post in the Hunt for Cold thread I've turned to here if you don't mind. The fact is that neither the GFS nor EC ensembles show anything resembling a winter nirvana. That whole thread is more about what isn't showing in the models but might in future than it is about model discussion. If people are supposed to get excited over cherry picked charts from one ens member at 360 then so be it. But it looks to me as though the 'expert' group think is that SSW willl deliver something in the future, so any suggestion to the contrary is not permitted even if the models do not actually show anything at trop level which would deliver a snowflake. Am I alone in this frustration?
  11. Yes. The wording suggests the 'change' is during the third week (which is 15th- 21st). Effectively therefore the colder weather is now due during the last third of January. The wording is being manipulated over time to reflect to delay in the cold weather. Or to put it another way, the forecasts reflected a month ago have not verified.
  12. It ends with no northern or even mid lat blocking in sight, and a seemingly increasingly well formed polar vortex. This is the exact opposite of what the tele-connections brigade have been forecasting for a seeming eternity.
  13. Yes. I think what is most annoying is that not just is the trop modelling not indicating any change to the long promised cold, it's actually moving in the opposite direction to high level blocking. There is I think a certain over-confidence among some, including the Met O, about their knowledge of atmospheric modelling and the eventual impact on surface weather. If this long promised cold spell fails to materialise, then I hope it will prompt a re-consideration of what we do (and do not) understand about the atmosphere. Because this will amount to another of the MetO's disastrous but seminal 'barbecue summer' longer range forecasts ....... an embarrassing bust. Now of course it might still be that eventually something happens. But we're getting to the stage where we're in broken clock territory, and if we do ever get a meaningful cold spell we will have no idea whether it's due to SSW or not (although no doubt self- appointed teleconnections experts will claim it as due to SSW no matter what).
  14. There's little point in pretending that the Met O have not pushed back the start of the potential cold. We can see this in black and white by simple time comparison. It is what it is .......... a forecast which may, or may not, be accurate. But let's not kid ourselves that the MetO have some mystical and un-failingly reliable insight into what will actually transpire.
  15. I accept that, but unrealistic interpretation of the model output does not make cold happen, and serves only to mis-lead and disappoint.
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