Archive for January, 2013

Mid-Winter Dry Spells the Norm…Not the Unusual….Weather to Remain Dry Another Week……

Quick Update Saturday AM:


It was another cold one in the Bridgeport Valley with Bryant Field checking in with a bone chillin -17F at 7:00am.  Highs were in the teens yesterday…..

The High temperature yesterday reached 46 degrees at the Village at Mammoth. The low this morning at the Village was 18F, while in the lower elevations of town 9F.

Mono Lake is shrouded in Ice Fog like days before. More of the same is in store for your area with some hope of a break about Wednesday/Ngt.  Better odds of flushing the cold out next weekend as a pacific storm blows in, bringing wind and some snowfall for the high country.

The pattern of Ridge in the West and a Trof in the east looks like it may come to an end; or at least for a period of time, later next week as the big eastern trof is forecasted to move out over the Atlantic…opening up the wave length enough to allow a trof to come into California. The ECMWF paints 1.8 inches of QPF near the Crest of Mammoth MT the weekend ending the 26th, while the GFS is a lot drier with the same storm.  At least it looks like we will have a reprieve from the current stagnant pattern that is keeping Bridgeport so cold…..along with many eastern sierra valley locations by the following weekend.


Dr Howard and the Dweebs………………………:-)


Lots of worried folks and rumors flying about the end of Winter.  From a statistical point of view, the link below will show data to the contrary. Here is a graph that Jan Null, a retired National Weather Service forecaster had recently updated, that shows that Mid Winter Dry Spells are the Norm…Not the Unusual.

Jan is currently a respected, Certified Consulting Meteorologist living in the Bay Area.


The current forecast keeps the ridge in place through the middle of next week.

For Mammoth Lakes, expect Highs in the mid 40s with lows in the teens and 20s.

Light winds in town with Air Quality Restrictions this holiday weekend.


Next MJO update next Tuesday:


The Dweeber…………………..:-)



Winter’s Severe Cold Snap is Now Broken….Only the Valleys of Mono County Remaining Cold……MJO on the Move!!!

Quick Update Wednesday AM:

Quasi stationary upper high is located about 150 to 200 Miles west of SFO. At 700MB (10,000ft), it shifts toward Northern Ca tonight as the winds then become more Northeasterly. By Thursday PM, 700MB winds are easterly over the Lip as the 700mb high is centered over Northern Ca. By Saturday and into Sunday the 700MB high is located over NW Nevada and the upper flow at 10,000 will be southeasterly. So winds in town will be calm to light through the weekend and winds over the Mammoth Mtn Summit will be moderate today and then lighter tomorrow then light to moderate through the weekend.

No new snowfall is expected through next Wednesday the 23rd.

Longer Range has the possibility of precipitation between the 26th and the 31st

The high temperature forecast for the Town of Mammoth is 45 to 50 through the weekend

Night time lows will range from 15 to 25 degrees with the coldest temps at lower elevations.

Strong inversions will persist well into next week. This mornings low temperatures ranged from, -9F at Bridgeport to 14.5F at the Mammoth Ranger Station to 21F at the Village at Mammoth. The over night low at the Main Lodge was 25F Degrees and the same over night low of 25F occurred at the Mammoth Mtn Summit.

The high temperature yesterday in Mammoth was 45 degrees…..

Again…..Moderate winds this morning over the top of Mammoth Mtn were blowing about 55MPH out of the North. They will diminish a bit Thursday as they shift and become easterly at the same time. By Friday, the 700MB high is forcasted to be more over NN Eastern Ca and the winds become ES-Easterly and pick up slightly.

Overall beautiful weather for the next week!!!!


Note: Gusty NE winds of 50MPH are blowing over the top (lip) of Mammoth MTN this AM.  Wind speeds are much less over the lower slopes.

Wow! What a cold snap! The last three to four weeks will be memorable.  Temps ran -20 to -30F last weekend in many valleys areas along the highway 395 corridor. Mammoth’s temps bottomed out at -5F at the village yesterday AM while at the corner of Main Street and Old Mammoth Dr -9F. This morning, waht a difference. Temperatures were some 20 to 25 degrees warmer, with a low of 15F here at at the 8200 foot level.

The freezing level over Yosemite that was about 1000 feet yesterday, rose to 8300 feet this morning and will jump to 12,500 by 4:00pm today! Highs will be in the low to mid 40s today at 9800 feet while the valleys under the inversion will be in the 20s at best. By tomorrow, the inversion tightens up further and the valleys will get even colder while the upper elevations continue to enjoy 40s for highs. Lows at night will be mostly in the 20s, but could be colder in the lower elevations of town. If the inversion gets squashes to 7500 to 7700 feet. The Village at Mammoth could be near freezing for a low while at the Trails Subdivision, it could be in the upper teens to low 20s.

Ok, enough about inversions. Only one more issue to mention.  Its been below freezing including in many garages in Mammoth for days.  Once temperatures warm up, frozen pipes are going to thaw and water problems may become an issue for many around town.  If your water is left on at your vacation home and you live out of the area, make sure to check with your absentee home caretaker to make sure you do not have broken pipes. Many frozen pipe problems are not realized until the weather warms up outside.  Then, if left days or longer, you can have some real interesting things begin to grow in the walls! 😉


During the first week of January, a rapidly intensifying MJO developed in late phase 4, while the GWO showed relatively low AAM. (Atmospheric Angular Momentum)  AAM is on the increase and the MJO is shifting east. The MJO is now in the early stages of Phase 7 of the MJO phase space. There has also been an important Kelvin Wave associated with it.

The global models and ensembles including the EC, GFS and Canadian have been in the past several days, containing the MJO in its current location. See: The EC ensemble prediction model:  However, the statistical model See:   Keeps the MJO moving right on through Phase 7 & 8.  At the same time, AAM is currently showing an increase.

Comment from the CPC: Extratropical impacts of the MJO are likely to remain important over the next couple of weeks as the diabatic heating serves as source for downstream Rossby wave propagation. Should the MJO propagate through phase 6 and into phase 7 as predicted, it could force a jet extension into the Pacific with important downstream consequences for North American hydroclimate through the end of the month.

Dweebs Comment: The MJO shifting through Phase 7 and into Phase 8 moves the tropical forcing beyond the dateline toward the Hawaiian islands.  This process often times serves to extend the Asian upper jet east. The upper jet eventually splits, during the process of retrogression of the blocking high, that is currently setting up over the far west.  The northern branch of the jet on the eastern flank of the upper high becomes confluent with the southern branch which undercuts the retrograding upper high. The is the scenario for the classic “pineapple connection” which is more likely to effect the pacific northwest 1st, then over time shift south to Northern Ca then sometimes Central Ca.

This is what the Dweebs will be most focused upon over the next week. “This is not a forecast”, but is a serious consideration. The other features worth noting will be the other teleconnections which will play a part to either support or suppress such possibilities.


One thing is certain, we here in the high country are done with frigid weather for a long time!!!


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

The Cold is Here and Likely to Stay through Monday….However…Resort Levels to be Much Milder by Mid-Week

Some Snowshowers expected on and off this weekend…….

It was 0F here at at the 8200 foot level at 6:00AM and the upper ridge was still amping northward at 140W with the promise of yet another surge of even colder modified Arctic Air into the region tonight.  Within the upper flow are several Vort centers that are traveling mostly North to South over California. Although each one can produce some snow shower activity, there is little in the way of moisture to work with.

Again the coldest air is in tonight by 10:00pm with the NAM’s 700mb temps going from -16C today to -18C at 06Z Saturday. Thereafter well stay         about -15C for Saturday,  then warm to -10C Sunday afternoon. The Town of Mammoth will experience lows from (-2F to -10F).

By Monday the ridge begins to shift east and we warm to about -7C at 700mb. IE (10,000ft). So high temps in town will be in the upper teens today through Saturday then warm to the low 20s on Sunday and mid 20s on Monday.

With the ridge building into California…700 temps go to 0C by Tuesday evening and warm further through Wednesday Night. By early Wednesday AM 700 temps will be +3C, so a serious inversion sets up Tuesday through Wednesday.  Snow covered valleys will shiver in the -15F to -25F and the Mono Lake Fog will be back with vengeance.

This pattern is beautiful for Mammoth Lakes. It is highlighted with sunny skies, calm winds and milder temperatures.  Within Mammoths Banana belt, at and above 8000ft, temperatures may get into the 40’s or low 50s?  RFC data this AM shows the freezing level going as high as 12,000 by Wednesday night before coming down Thursday.

Longer range pattern:

According to this mornings 12z GFS deterministic run, there will be a system that will try to undercut the upper ridge developing later next week. At this time, the guidance suggests that the ridge wins out and the pattern remains stagnant well into the following week. Thus high temps will range in the 30s and 40s and lows mostly in the 20s. However, if Long and Bridgeport Valley’s remain snow covered, temps will shiver more often than not in those areas and the Mono Lake Fog will be prevalent as well.

The next chance of a storm seems unlikely before the last week of January. However, ski and boarding conditions will remain epic with 10 to 12 feet of packed powder conditions likely for quite a while!

Dr Howard and the Dweebs……………………..:-)