First system in the series to move through Mammoth Tuesday/Night….Followed by wet snowy weekend

The long wave pattern will change over the next week…however one resounding fact remains…..the snow level will be higher then normal for the month of December. Why??  The long wave trof is too far west along with the long wave positive height anomaly near the dateline. Until these features shift east….we will most likely be more effected by the subtropical jet then the polar jet. The best that we can hope for is the right rear entry region of the polar jet. The MJO seems stuck in Phase 5.  The Dweebs are looking forward to the new CPC weekly discussion today to shed light on the matter. If the MJO would continue to track eastward and remain as strong as it currently is, that would have a profound effect in dislodging the current ridge/trof positions.  That most unlikely will not happen because of La Nina and how far west the Negative SSTA’s are. The MJO will probably die or at least significantly weaken over the graveyard of the warm waters of the Maritime continent.


Monday Am update:

The new 12z Monday GFS does show a strong Asian Jet having the effect of temporarily shifting the long wave features east some 1000mi. That is how they accomplish all the precip between Friday and the following Wednesday. This is just a temporary eastward shift as the pattern retrogrades back again some 1000 to 1500mi before Christmas.  Using the operational 12z GFS run this AM, we ridge up again after mid week next week….possibly through the end of the year!

Upcoming systems….

1. The snow level will be about 8000 during the day Tuesday then 7000 feet Tuesday night… with it lowing to near 6500 after midnight.  Mammoth Mountain should get 6 to 12 inches….with the village….4 to 8 inches. This will be mainly a Tuesday night snow event for the town…… highs in the upper 30s Tuesday at the village.


2.  A split in the upper flow will give a bit of a break Thursday. Snow showers still possible but the main short wave is coming in split.


3. The new 12z GFS is now very wet for the weekend beginning Friday and continues though Monday am. Several feet of snow is expected over the Sierra this weekend.  1st guesstimates, 4 to 5 feet over the crest.  (This may be bumped up later) There appears from this model run…. plenty of snowfall for the plows in town as well. 

The new guidance is colder now with the upper jet a bit further south. So….. A pretty much non stop dump (with some breaks) is portrayed beginning later Friday through Sunday night. The upper flow continues natural to Sierra through Tuesday night with excellent orographics. The grand fennalli comes in Tuesday/night associated with a 996mb  surface low W of the Bay area. That is being portrayed by the new Monday12z GFS as the grand daddy storm that will really dump in a short period of time. There after, if the longest guidance is correct…..we should gradually ridge up, as the long wave features retrograde west. Christmas looks fair at this time……


Dr Howard and the Dweebs……………………..:-)


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Fab Weekend Followed By Fab Snowfall Later In The Week

OK……Here we go…..

First of all…This is not just any La Nina Winter….This is La Nina on Steroids…..Check this out for 12-10-2010.  http://weather.unisys.com/surface/sst_anom.html  Look at the  nose of the western extension of the cold/negative SSTAs all the way to 150E!  And….what the heck is this? Another extension of La Nina off South America from 70w/25S feeding into the main cold stream to 150w?   Also Solar Cycle 24 is an incipient maladroit. Will it get going before it is over…..Solar Global Cooling?

FLASH!  The warm wet pattern of Wednesday through Friday is over. A highly amplified upper ridge has taken over and we’ll have fabulous weather through Sunday!  The 500ht 588dm height line gets very close to Bishop Sunday AM. Still going with a 70 for Bishop Sunday. These temps are 15 to 20 degrees above normal.

Now on to next week.  First of all….Yes, it is going to snow. The question is always, how much.  The short answer is a lot. However, it may take a good part of next week and into the following week to get the fuse lit. 

Some considerations…

I like what MJO is doing…  It is well into the Phase 5 and still building in strength contrary to some dynamic models. It should move into Phase 6 soon. Hope she holds together Scotti! I am attributing at  least some support of the change in the pattern next week to MJO.

Here are the ponderings:

The ECMWF and Canadian are both very wet later in the week and especially next week.  The GFS is not. The Dweebs feel that the Europien  would be the superior model to the GFS,  in handling QPF in the upcoming flow pattern for the west coast next week and into the next. So, the rational is the GFS is too dry and gets rid of the pattern too fast…in stead of developing it further.

The other supporting evidence is MJO. The Dweebs feel that next week beyond the 19th is going to be particularly wet.  However, there is the potential for rising snow levels as well! So it could get messy for a spell. I think that we will  have to be concerned about the building of the subtropical ridge at this latitude later next week; (Week-2).


The first system for Tuesday night/Wednesday does not look major. (QPF .5 to .75)

The Dweebs will fine tune snow levels later.

Bigger storm later in the week…………………Stay tuned…………:-)


Dr Howard and the Dweebs………………………….:-)

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Moisture Fetch To Lift North With The Upper Jet Friday Night…..Very Nice Weekend Ahead!

Anytime we get precipitation with 500mb heights in the mid 570s DM it’s ugly. At 7:00am, the Freezing Level this morning was 10,000 feet over Mammoth and our air mass was pretty much saturated from the top of Mammoth Mountain  to the bottom. As a result, the snow level was pretty close to the freezing level. Looking at the new 12z runs of the WRF and GFS this am. There is going to be a decisive shift in the upper jet later Friday to the north as the general pattern Amps. Heights by 18z Sunday over Mammoth AP are forecasted at 588dm at  500MB. These are pretty high 500mb heights for the month of December. Expect strong inversions Sunday into Monday with highs at 8000 feet close to the upper 50s.  In Bishop, the high will be about 70 degrees. The record high for Bishop this Sunday was 74 set back in 1953.


The Dweebs are still expecting progression, or at the least…enough extension of the mid pacific ridge to push a portion of the Eastern Pacific Trof into the west coast by mid week, giving Mammoth more snowfall. Another encouraging sign is that MJO now into Phase Space 5 is still strengthening and forecasted to continue doing so by most dynamic model forecasts.


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