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The hunt for cold - Model discussion (late November)

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If you're hunting for cold potential in the model output, this thread is for you. But if you'd like to look more widely at the models, please head over to the general model discussion thread.

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Same here. Despite some up and downs in the Hunt For Cold thread (which, to be fair, will happen with the wild swings of the models), people, mostly, been quite good at keeping toys in the prams. 🙂 

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14 minutes ago, DiagonalRedLine said:

Same here. Despite some up and downs in the Hunt For Cold thread (which, to be fair, will happen with the wild swings of the models), people, mostly, been quite good at keeping toys in the prams. 🙂 

FV3 & UKMO have done a good job keeping them in so far. 

 

GFS 18z would've blown the shop down 😂

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20 minutes ago, DiagonalRedLine said:

Same here. Despite some up and downs in the Hunt For Cold thread (which, to be fair, will happen with the wild swings of the models), people, mostly, been quite good at keeping toys in the prams. 🙂 

Just purely because it's November and you need really good cold synoptics for widespread low level snow...I fancy the mood might have been different if we were heading into the New Year...should be a fascinating winter for at least model watching.

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Such a dissapointment when considering a few days ago the mean was consistently below the average even into FL, a growing number of exceptionally mild runs there as well as we enter Winter. Also it seems the the snow row has dropped significantly as well... 
A monumental improvement needed by all models on the 12Z runs.
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We are into the range of the short range models and I found this chart interesting from the WRF-NMM. Shows a widespread snow risk on Wednesday morning. The models could well be underestimating the depth of cold coming up. A few weeks ago we had snow in the midlands from the brief northerly which wasn't forecast by any model so a few surprises could be in store.

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4 minutes ago, WalsallWeather123 said:

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We are into the range of the short range models and I found this chart interesting from the WRF-NMM. Shows a widespread snow risk on Wednesday morning. The models could well be underestimating the depth of cold coming up. A few weeks ago we had snow in the midlands from the brief northerly which wasn't forecast by any model so a few surprises could be in store.

Hello WalsallWeather123 I concur with you. This seems to be an occasion where I would like an increased precipitation signal as well as increase intensity. I believe timing of such precipitation will be crucial in determining the precipitation type. 

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The key timeframe looks around day 7 to 8.

The high pressure edging ne towards Iberia needs to be blocked off , much depends at this point on the low pressure centered to the sw of the UK .

How much energy disrupts off this se is the crucial factor , and this is effected by forcing from any blocking to the nw .

Models at this range aren’t good at energy distribution . The ensembles because of this set up are likely to be volatile because the boundary between cold and milder weather depends greatly on that trough disruption .

So for the timebeing best to not rule anything in or out . 

 

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33 minutes ago, evans1892 said:

FV3 & UKMO have done a good job keeping them in so far. 

 

GFS 18z would've blown the shop down 😂

You said it! 😂 Particularly thanks to those mouth-drooling Greenland/Iceland Highs the FV3 churned out, not giving up on the idea of a longer lasting and deeper cold spell. One of the things that did help to keep those missiles and toys staying put. 

25 minutes ago, Froze were the Days said:

I fancy the mood might have been different if we were heading into the New Year...should be a fascinating winter for at least model watching.

Can imagine so. The risk of flying teddies I’m sure will become greater towards Christmas as it gets even busier. 🤓 And I have to agree. 

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I think there's a good deal of uncertainty crept into the output today, and hopefully that may be somewhat resolved by the 12z suite, but on the 6z runs at T192, the FV3 does look more amplified than the GFS at the same time, FV3 first:

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What times does the FV3 come out pls? 

Does it mirror the gfs or are the times different? 

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Just now, Spah1 said:

What times does the FV3 come out pls? 

Does it mirror the gfs or are the times different? 

The para is usually a bit later, it can be a bit variable. 

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Just now, Spah1 said:

What times does the FV3 come out pls? 

Does it mirror the gfs or are the times different? 

FV3 is later than the GFS, by the time the Operation GFS has concluded the FV3 will only have just started. Hope that is of use Spah1.

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Just out of interest, when did the new FV3 come out? 

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2 minutes ago, Spah1 said:

What times does the FV3 come out pls? 

Does it mirror the gfs or are the times different? 

Normally within 1 or 2 hours of the main GFS 

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9 minutes ago, Daniel Smith said:

Looking at the entire GFS run in gif form, it's clear to see there's no suggestion of a raging vortex/jet stream.

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A few low pressure systems go up the Western side of Greenland and straight into the Greenland Shredder and as soon as heights move away from Griceland/Greenland theres a new load of heights already building in. 

At no point during the entire run does an area of blue colours sit over Greenland for any period of time. To me, I think we need to look away from the detail for the UK and look at the bigger picture. 

The area of high pressure/cold spell we're watching for at the moment might fail, but the bigger picture is that they'll likely be another one along very shortly after. Incredible for a mid November chart.

Important to mention that although we are seeing  blocking it is by no means a guarantee for cold and snowy weather. It is plausible that even in blocked conditions we can be just as mild as when the Atlantic is barrelling through.  I would find it a great shame if all that blocking went to waste for us here in the UK.

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2 minutes ago, Spah1 said:

Interesting that it proved it be more accurate in predicting hurricane paths - I wonder if that same accuracy extended to ordinary areas of low pressure, too. Could explain why it never dropped the idea of the undercutting low and resultant stronger heights to the North that the GFS/ECM have no begun backtracking towards.

UKMO & FV3 have been leaning the way by and large given the subtle backtrack from the other models overnight/this morning.

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2 hours ago, Ed Stone said:

I just get the feeling, I suspect from recalling charts from way back when, that the pattern that appears to be slowly establishing itself (strong blocking to the northeast and northwest, and only weak HPs to our south) that this winter will be more analogous to those of the 1960s/late 1970s, than to many of our more recent efforts?

But, of course, the usual caveat (that I may well be spouting horse poo!) applies!:santa-emoji:

Considering that we are still in mid November still I feel it's more a case of sitting back and watching developments, it would drive you mad commenting on every single run and taking all the ups and downs too seriously. The ingredients are all there, and it's a developing situation that we have, lots to look forward to.

 

Even short term we have upgrades on next weeks cold pool from the ICON, somewhat colder air there on the continent making inroads across the channel. I think that there could be more sleet and snow around than people expect.🙂

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A ever so slight improvement unto 90hrs on the ICON, with the low pressure a bit further east.

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