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  1. The QBO may well be our friend this winter making the stratosphere more susceptible to northern blocking. Perhaps one of the main catalysts for strat warmings I think is a strong MJO like we saw in 2009 with a negative QBO. The difference this coming winter though is the likelihood of a weak Nina which dampens the wet phase of the MJO unfortunately and strengthens the likelihood of the dryer phases. Hopefully the Enso turns out to be more cold neutral or neutral this coming winter allowing for a couple of strong MJO events coupled with the negative QBO to give a greater propensity for cold outbreaks down into the mid latitudes and our neck of the woods.
  2. Autumn thoughts

    I am hoping that we do not see a propensity for blocking to the east, northeast during September like we have the last few years.as I feel this is detrimental to the upcoming winter for our neck of the woods. Of course many will say that this has no bearing on what may lay ahead during the winter months but after looking through past h500 archive charts imho the Autumn synoptic weather patterns do have an impact through the December - February period both up in the stratosphere and lower down into the troposphere. It also appears to me that mid Atlantic ridging up into Greenland during September into October is very important rather than just a - AO signature and is likely to be repeated during the winter months giving a greater likelihood of a - NAO winter.
  3. Whether it be negative or positive qbo no one really knows what actual forcing it has on the other teleconnects. I have my own theory that when the qbo is in either phase in a very strong mode it does not bode well for the prospects of cold for the UK in winter. it is basically a lottery that no one knows the answers to. The same can be said for strat warmings as we have seen the last couple of years, yes we may be able to predict when a warming is more likey than not given the qbo state etc but we are definitely no nearer forecasting what likey impacts the warming would have and where. Last year the met came a cropper announcing that they cold now reliably predict UK winters a year in advance due mainly to GLOsea 5 etc only to fail at the first hurdle
  4. High level of activity at present time. http://en.vedur.is/earthquakes-and-volcanism/earthquakes/
  5. Certainly looks like a mixed bag as we go into June. Nothing wrong with those that try to look ahead with the different indicies ie glaam , mjo ,qbo etc etc etc remembering of course that these predictions, thoughts, or musings call them what you want often go the way of the pear.
  6. Getting snow in January is a bonus these days. Hopefully down here in the south east we can scrape through Bank holiday Monday before the inevitable breakdown.
  7. That would be the form horse imho not wanting to get suckered in by the models just yet.
  8. The cold spell that I posted about occurring post Easter rather than the Easter period itself really seems to be gaining momentum now. Large temperature drops in heavy convective wintry showers likely almost anywhere I would imagine and if the 06z gfs is on the money (that's a big if) then perhaps a more prolonged period of sleet and wet snow working its way down the country.
  9. I think it is almost a given that any pronounced colder weather will be post Easter weekend. Quite a few of the gefs showing -8c 850 temps pushing down across much of the country post Easter.
  10. I would say the opposite. The colder weather that looked set for the Easter weekend now looks to have been put back but the Gefs suite looks almost unanimous in agreement on northern blocking and Greenland heights after the Easter period with the depth and southern extent of cold push still undecided.
  11. A very cold looking set of gefs once this lovely weather breaks down.
  12. I must admit I would not be surprised to see weekend temps especially on Sunday hitting the low seventies in many southern locations. As for the 06z gfs run well its showing the sort of synoptics we were graving for back in Dec, Jan and February with plenty of precipitation to boot.
  13. It looks like the much colder spell for around the middle of the month is starting to gain a lot more traction now although nothing set in stone of course. Loving the warmth and the weekend to come that's for sure.
  14. I for one feel confident we will see a potent Arctic incursion sometime around mid month lasting for several days perhaps.
  15. North American Weather (U.S.A & Canada)

    Here in Lehighton county we received approx. 9 inches. Due to the more northerly track of the storm this was way below the expected 18 to 24 inches forecasted.