Confidence is high that a cooling trend will continue through Tuesday Next Week…Cut off low under Blocking high in the Gulf of AK will be slow to progress out of Ca next week…..Snow showers over the higher elevations is a possibility Monday Night into Tuesday Night……
Thursday October 4, 2012
Posted at 10:44 pm by Howard
Well its time to say good by to the 70s….at least until the 3rd week of October 😉
The developing REX block will take its good old time in releasing its better half! That’s the upper cut off low currently off the west coast. Today Thursday will be the last of the 70s at resort levels for at least a week. Highs cooling to the 50s by Sunday and even low 50s by Monday-Wednesday. Nigh time lows headed for the 30s or ? The 00Z Friday GFS has the track coming in with the center south of Monterrey Bay. Mammoth gets into the Front Left Quad……Divergence Aloft, WU! WU! The ECMWF is still pretty wet for early next week and the GFS is growing a bit wetter. So..as cut-offs go, and although it is a bit early at this time…..we may see a few inches of snow next week on O’l Woolly. I say that, as the 0C isotherm at 700mb grows as the upper low approaches the coast. (slight deepening) The freezing level will drop to 10,000 feet or so. The upper cut off may slow or stall over Southern Ca for a day allowing some up-slope as well. The longer range is consistent in damping the pattern across the eastern pacific into the CONUS….which will allow the system to scoot off to the ESE.
Behind it, possibly a weak short wave…more showers please. It will be cooler then normal a good part of next week but the longer range guidance does eventually warm it up again…..Indian Summer anyone?
Enjoy the 1st real taste of Fall!!!!
PS: The update on El Nino today from NCEP is indicating some back peddling. There are doubts now whether the atmosphere will ever couple up, El Nino Style to the slightly warm waters over the central pacific. The forecast is for very weak to neutral conditions this Fall/Winter. This is “one” reason why this winter will be so hard to predict. The issue is that there are few strong signels to go with.
Research on the effects of the -AO and +AO on West Coast Weather:
The Dweebs know that there was/is a lot of chatter over the past year on the effects of the Arctic Oscillation, its Phase and the resulting weather across North America.
The big problem for us out west is that the response for the far west is “Nonlinear”.
A nonlinear relationship is a type of relationship between two entities, in which change in one entity does not correspond with constant change in the other entity. This might mean the relationship between the two entities seems unpredictable or virtually absent. However, nonlinear entities can also be related to each other in ways that are fairly predictable, but simply more complex than in a linear relationship.
In the case of the AO teleconnection, for the west, it appears that it is “the strength in the phase of the AO” that is needed to bring about a more a linear response out west. This is not the case for areas east of the Continental divide where the response of the Arctic Oscillation is more linear to the Eastern half of the country. In other-words, in the case of the negative phase of the AO, and for example its effects upon the Great Lakes region of the country, odds are pretty good that it will be both colder and stormier than normal.
Reference Glossary of Weather Terms
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