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You have been repeating this for as long as I can remember. And yet again I feel that a response is required.  If we go back 10 years to when I first started the strat threads, you weren’t alone

I don't think there has really been a signal for snow pre-SSW or immediately after, looking in depth at the drivers, I admire your enthusiasm to put a dampener on the outlook despite the overwhelming

My goodness, just reading pages back some post mortems of the death of this winter for cold and snow already and are not yet half way through. I can understand the building frustrations in here,

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam
    5 minutes ago, weirpig said:

    Its been a long time since these kind of charts have been seen so apologises   but direct hit for the uk

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    Behold, the path through the polar vortex and a route to the promised land

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  • Location: Drayton, Portsmouth
  • Location: Drayton, Portsmouth
    31 minutes ago, feb1991blizzard said:

    Not bad, not amazing but reasonable at the end.

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    Not that different to how the ECM ensembles saw things this morning. Lots of scatter at the end, space for modeling to go in many ways

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    On the individual ECM ensembles, not too different to last night, close to being 50/50 between cold/mild(ish) by D15 so potential is there, but no decisive breakthrough by the colder groupings to date. 

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  • Location: Coniston, Cumbria 90m ASL
  • Weather Preferences: wintry
  • Location: Coniston, Cumbria 90m ASL
    1 hour ago, feb1991blizzard said:

    Not bad, not amazing but reasonable at the end.

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    aye and some interesting looking ppn spikes if the temps play ball...

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  • Location: Castle Black, the Wall, the North
  • Weather Preferences: Spanish Plumes, Blizzards, Severe Frosts :-)
  • Location: Castle Black, the Wall, the North

    I'm happy about the direction of travel from the models beyond this week towards a more changeable / unsettled pattern..at least it gives us a chance of colder incursions with snow potential, albeit especially on high ground and further north but it's a step in the right direction. This winter has been going nowhere with the predominantly benign mildish conditions but it looks like the shackles will soon be broken and we can move forward..hopefully towards that wintry nirvana which is still signalled longer term!?❄️

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  • Location: Cottingham
  • Weather Preferences: Cold Snowy Winters, Hot Thundery Summers
  • Location: Cottingham

    Hello

    The swingometers are back again now that I have some time. Starting off here with January 20th. They don't look particularly exciting at the moment but some colder options are there. The 00z was actually a good set though the 06z set are more like recent runs. Rather academic at this range though unless we see a strong cold trend. The best of the lot is the 06z parallel which I am sure many would like.

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    Globally the anomaly pattern isn't encouraging over the next 7 days or so... all the cold bottled up in the arctic and Siberia and probably explains the struggle to develop northern blocking during the first half of the month.

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  • Location: Essex Riviera aka Burnham
  • Weather Preferences: 30 Degrees of pure British Celsius
  • Location: Essex Riviera aka Burnham
    2 hours ago, mulzy said:

    How can it be a bust as it’s only jan 7th?

    Well you can at least take the next 7-10 days out of the equation so that takes us up to past mid-month. ec46 showing low heights over Scandi and heights towards Greenland/Iceland by week 3 (15th - 21st) and a stronger signal thereafter. We'll see come a few weeks time, might be a bit premature currently but you watch those days roll past without those signals coming to fruition.

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  • Location: Redhill, Surrey
  • Weather Preferences: Southerly tracking LPs, heavy snow. Also 25c and calm
  • Location: Redhill, Surrey
    14 minutes ago, Quicksilver1989 said:

    Hello

    The swingometers are back again now that I have some time. Starting off here with January 20th. They don't look particularly exciting at the moment but some colder options are there. The 00z was actually a good set though the 06z set are more like recent runs. Rather academic at this range though unless we see a strong cold trend. The best of the lot is the 06z parallel which I am sure many would like.

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    Globally the anomaly pattern isn't encouraging over the next 7 days or so... all the cold bottled up in the arctic and Siberia and probably explains the struggle to develop northern blocking during the first half of the month.

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    Quick

    good to see it back.  However, that anomaly can’t be right with masssive cold swathe from Austria, Greece and Turkey?

     

    BFTP

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  • Location: Swindon
  • Weather Preferences: Snow. Always Snow.
  • Location: Swindon
    1 hour ago, weirpig said:

    Its been a long time since these kind of charts have been seen so apologises   but direct hit for the uk

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    Oh now see... that’s just beautiful 

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  • Location: Redhill, Surrey
  • Weather Preferences: Southerly tracking LPs, heavy snow. Also 25c and calm
  • Location: Redhill, Surrey

    Chio

    Any musings on why the responses differ so much in time lag and size of response?  Should ask in Strat thread but if you see this maybe a response in there 

     

    BFTP 

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  • Location: Cottingham
  • Weather Preferences: Cold Snowy Winters, Hot Thundery Summers
  • Location: Cottingham
    2 minutes ago, BLAST FROM THE PAST said:

    Quick

    good to see it back.  However, that anomaly can’t be right with nassive cold swathe from Austria, Hreece and Turkey?

     

    BFTP

    Happy new year BFTP, that is the anomaly for T168 according to the GFS ?

    I presume you are referring to the month so far? It has been rather cold over Europe at times.

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    Fingers crossed things turn better for the end of the month

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  • Location: Cyprus and North east Swindon. 104 ASL
  • Location: Cyprus and North east Swindon. 104 ASL

    It’s coming look, snow for the next 4 days looks pretty extensive on that hill!! 

    Seriously though, I think the worst is past and there is definitely light at the end of the tunnel now. Hoping for decent 12zs, ECM looks like it still may be out of range for any good charts just yet though - we shall see!! 

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  • Location: Wellseborne, Warwickshire
  • Weather Preferences: Southerly tracking low pressure in winter. Hot and thundery in the summer
  • Location: Wellseborne, Warwickshire
    1 hour ago, Catacol said:

    They are certainly taking their time.....but GEFS ensembles continue to show the same direction of travel as has been the case for days. Fact of the matter is that the SSW impact envelope is now pushing closer to the 3 week timespan rather than quicker...and this is frustrating for all on here who wish to see snow chances.

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    Strat charts show the problem - out at 10 days a lovely split at 10hpa

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    but not mirrored yet in the lower strat where energy transfer noted by both @chionomaniac and @bluearmy has helped keep the atlantic blocked off to the heights that pacific forcing wish to push up.

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    A detailed teleconnective post isn't required here. David has said it all....but to reiterate the key salient points: we have begun an orbit back into the higher momentum phases 5 - 8 of the GWO on the back of torque increases and the MJO passing into the key phases 6 - 8. We had a surge in momentum at New Year that is now waxing back down - that surge will have helped provide impetus, given lag, for height rises next week but it looks as though the nature of the SSW has scuppered it. Next surge will be timed to support height rises towards the end of the month. Those learning about pacific forcing will note the wax and wane of the cycle in broad terms over 10 -15 day periods as the atmosphere and earth conduct their constant jive to reduce momentum to zero, a process that can never be completed... and so we look for periods of upwards momentum to force the pattern into a new shape.

    None of this is conjecture. In the meantime we sit and wait for the anticipated combined impacts of SSW downwell and good pacific background signals to unite and change the pattern of this winter. Interesting to note that MJO forecasts appear to want to bring it back to the 6-7-8 orbit quickly once the current progress wanes in the last third of the month. We know these MJO long term forecasts can be fraught with problems - but it ties in with an ongoing sense that something is in the wings. February is getting closer, and the interesting pattern (even if the synoptics right now are as dead as they can be over the south of the UK) looks like continuing. Remember that analysis of SSW events includes impacts out to 60 days after the event.

     

    Great post, this is basically what I was saying earlier before a few people misread what I said, 

    Everything is fraught with danger, especially when using teleconnections because people tend to put more weight into what's been said, but then with that comes the possible backlash when things don't go to plan, 

    We like to think the background signals a more stable than the day to day running of the mods but I'm not sure anymore, because like you say it's the ssw that's scuppered next week amplification, so therefore we wait for the next wave of fun, but it only takes one of the variables to change then that could scupper the downwelling effects, 

    So clarification, is winter over, NO!!!

    Absolutely not i would never say such a thing, especially what we have had in March in more recent years (13/18) 

    Are certain LRF's bust? Yes 100% 

    But please understand I was not digging at anyone I'm in awe and very greatfull for the work and understanding that goes in year after year into lrf's. 

    Hears to a foot of snow in Feb ??

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  • Location: Redhill, Surrey
  • Weather Preferences: Southerly tracking LPs, heavy snow. Also 25c and calm
  • Location: Redhill, Surrey
    10 minutes ago, Quicksilver1989 said:

    Happy new year BFTP, that is the anomaly for T168 according to the GFS ?

    I presume you are referring to the month so far? It has been rather cold over Europe at times.

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    Fingers crossed things turn better for the end of the month

    Thanks, And to you too.  Gotcha, i prefer the 168.....a cold Scandi is better for us I believe going forward.

    BFTP

     

     

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  • Location: Cottingham
  • Weather Preferences: Cold Snowy Winters, Hot Thundery Summers
  • Location: Cottingham
    4 minutes ago, BLAST FROM THE PAST said:

    Thanks, And to you too.  Gotcha, i prefer the 168.....a cold Scandi is better for us I believe going forward.

    BFTP

     

     

    Yeah the Scandi cold is definitely a positive as it can encourage high pressure to build over the region and help start to stall the jet. I'm still not feeling gloomy about this winter yet, it's only January 7th ?. I remember the 2011/12 winter was awful to late January and we got extremely close to a beast in early Feb. Europe can chill rapidly and dramatically given the right synoptics.

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  • Location: Kirkburton, Huddersfield - 162.5mtrs asl
  • Weather Preferences: Winter synoptics.Hot summers.
  • Location: Kirkburton, Huddersfield - 162.5mtrs asl

    Deleted as some seem offended

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  • Location: Ludgershall, Wiltshire
  • Location: Ludgershall, Wiltshire

    Another consideration is the quick descent into the westerly QBO.  This could potentially hinder blocking during the second half of winter.  An easy ride it hasn’t been!

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  • Location: Harrogate, Pannal Ash, 179m
  • Location: Harrogate, Pannal Ash, 179m
    17 minutes ago, BLAST FROM THE PAST said:

    Quick

    good to see it back.  However, that anomaly can’t be right with masssive cold swathe from Austria, Greece and Turkey?

     

    BFTP

    It seems spot on for me. We're talking about 2m temp. Even if some areas, for example in Greece, reach - 12 in 850 it's all down to the surface cold transition from the North. Which apparently wasn't enough. 

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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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