Archive for May, 2014

Dry Weekend on Tap…Breezy in the PM with some afternoon clouds……Expect afternoon Cu build-ups next week with a few high based thunderstorms possible, Mainly East of Highway 395….


Sunday PM Update: The dominate upper feature over the far west is a strong and persistent upper subtropical high pressure system that is over NW Mexico that will shift west a bit over Central Baja next week.  It will provide for above normal temperatures well into the new week. To the north, the westerlies have their own agenda governed by where the long wave upper ridging is upstream. In the meantime, a weak Trof off shore will allow a continuation of surface pressures to be higher from west to east and so the Mono Zephyr will range from light to moderate at times. The pattern is dry as a bone with little chance of any rain as the Dweebs see it. Although several small Vort maxes traverse the sierra, the afternoon zephyr will likely keep the Mono Convergence zone well to the east of Mammoth, more over the Whites where south winds blow up the Owens Valley and clash with the west afternoon wind.  So expect periods of build ups here and there will little rain if at all. Longer Range:  The climatology usually has the last Frost around Mammoth, Fathers day. Of course that date is not set in stone. However, I would expect one more meaningful long wave trof off shore with wind, cooling and even a chance of a few showers.  This year, Father’s Day is early occurring on the 15th. The last frost is usually the 21st; so between the father’s day weekend and the following weekend, the weather may become a little unsettled.  just a heads up that another cool down with winds will most likely occur before Summer sets in for good.  Looking at the EC Ensembles, the ECMWF really is not all that aggressive with that idea at all. However, the GFS between the 15th and the end of Spring try’s to bring in a cool Great Basin upper low.  So we all have some time to watch it. What ever it is, it’s not going to be a big deal.  The time frame begins about the 11th, through the 22nd. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-


Weak low pressure trofing in the mid levels and aloft will continue to bring occasional high clouds along with light to moderate breezes the next 5 day.  Temperatures will continue in the upper 60s during the afternoon with night-time lows in the 30s. An increase to the low 70s is likely by Sunday or Monday. The overall pattern shows by the Dweebs favorite models for the next week,  looks to consist of an upper level trof axis along the west coast,  with several vort centers that will migrate through the state of CA. One will come though Monday and another about Wednesday.  Moisture is very limited and so the type of thunderstorms that may occur would be high based and diurnal.  This will bring some threat of lighting fires to the Southern Sierra next week along with gusty winds Longer Range: Per week 2 and 3- CFS About the 3rd week of June… 1. A stronger low pressure trof may bring some light precipitation to the sierra. (Gusty Winds…Cooler temps then TSRWs possible during 3rd week) 2. With Monsoon season about 6 weeks away, some of the global models already showing the Sierra Madres of Old Mexico waking up by Mid June and a draw up of moisture into New Mexico by 3rd-4th week of June.

The Week Ahead Looks Dry, Cooler and Breezy with a Slight Chance of Thunderstorms by Weeks End….High Temps to cool to near Normal late this Week…..

Tuesday AM Update:

Looking down the road….

Here is an outlook for the next two weeks…..

The Positive height anomaly in the Gulf of AK is forecasted to very slowly retrograde westward toward 160west over the next 2 weeks. Through the process, Upper troughing seems to have found a new home and so the clash of the air-masses  between the west coast trof and the heat over the Great Basin will dominate our local weather for sometime to come.  This is a typical spring pattern of dryness and often times breezy weather for Mammoth Lakes with little hope of precipitation other then a few isolated convective thunderstorms on rare occasions. There will be Lake Wind Advisories  from time to time so if your boat fishing on area lakes, be sure to check with the latest forecast for Afternoon winds before going out each morning….The pattern appears to be supported by the MJO in Phase Space 2 for May/June. So be ready for a persistent breezy pattern that will be with us more often than not for the next week or two……….

In time….Heights will rise and temps recover back into the 70s…but not until closer to mid June.

Here is your temperature forecast for the Town of Mammoth this week……….

SUNY    SUNY    SUNY    SUNY    PC        PC         PC

Tues     Wed     Thur      Fri          Sat       Sun        Mon
/73    42/68    38/68    39/66    40/63    35/62    35/64


Next Update this Weekend……………………….


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



Our warm up peaked Sunday with a high temperatures of 75 degrees in the Town of Mammoth……Both Monday and Tuesday will be about 74. The upper ridge weakens and will eventually give way to troughing along the West Coast by mid-week. This time of the year, troughing usually brings normal to below normal temperatures….with notably breezy weather. Occasionally, an upper trof will reload with a stronger short wave that will cut off a low in the bottom of the long wave trof. Whether that happens or not it will not be until the end of this week. A cut off low if far enough south can give us a thunderstorm pattern over the sierra. So far the models keep this feature too far to the north next weekend….So only a slight chance is warranted.

In the meantime, high temps will remain in the mid 70s through Tuesday, then a slow cool down will take place through the end of the week.   High temperatures will cool nearly 15 degrees to near 60 by next Sunday.  It will be a breezy week in Mammoth. SW winds will blow most afternoons with stronger breezes that will blow through the night and stronger winds yet on Wednesday approaching 40 to 45 MPH in town and gusts to 65 over the crest.  This is all part of a pattern that is being influenced by the developing El Nino that will keep our weather quite breezy at times going into the Summer.


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

Showers and Isolated Thunderstorms Ending Today with a Mostly Sunny Weekend….Warmer temps Ahead….Be sure to look toward the North Star about Midnight Friday Night!!

Friday AM Update:

The storm system that brought the Showers yesterday has now moved into AZ. Expect a mostly sunny day today with some afternoon clouds and a slight chance of a shower.  (See below for comments from for tonight’s meteor shower….


The cut off low over Southern California has continued to circulate moisture counter-clockwise over Southern Mono County.  This has resulted in everything from light rain/snow mix to a few TSRWS over the Sierra Thursday. The upper flow here in Mammoth has been from the NE and is likely to continue through the night tonight. By Friday the upper low will be into AZ and sunny skies will return with warmer temps. Highs temps in mid to upper 60s are expected Friday. Winds will be light.

Saturday will be partly cloudy but warm with highs near 70.  Sunday and Monday will be warmer yet with highs in the mid 70s. Lows at night in the 30s and 40s. There may be some diurnal convection with a few isolated showers or TSRWS over the higher terrain Sat and Sun, but do not expect much if any rain.

The outlook shows breezy weather developing for Monday and Tuesday as the ridge axis shifts east due to a passing short wave to our north. The next period of springtime Thunder may be as early as next weekend as another springtime upper trof digs down the west coast Thursday night, then inland later Friday into Saturday.  This will breeze us up 1st then cool us down with the chance of showers.   I’ll have more later on this system later………………….

Kelvin Wave Update:

According to the CPC, the leading edge of the next Kelvin Wave has just reached the Western Pacific while a 3rd Kelvin Wave has just moved over the Western Indian Ocean.  Comment from the Dweebs…..For a full basin El Nino to really get established, Ocean SSTA off Australia has to cool to below normal substantially to give this system legs….



Late Tonight, Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR. If forecasters are correct, the encounter could produce an outburst of bright meteors numbering more than 200 per hour. The shower’s radiant is in the constellation Camelopardalis, the Giraffe, not far from the North Star. Peak rates are expected on Saturday, May 24th, between the hours of 0600 UT and 0800 UT (11:00pm Friday to 1:00a.m Saturday PDT). The timing and location of the radiant favors observers in North America.

Earth won’t be the only body passing through the debris zone. The Moon will be too. Meteoroids hitting the lunar surface could produce explosions visible through backyard telescopes on Earth. The inset in this picture of an actual lunar meteor shows the region of the crescent Moon on May 24th that could be pelted by May Camelopardalids:

According to NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, the best time for amateur astronomers to scan the Moon for lunar meteors is after 0800 UT (4 a.m. EDT) on May 24th.

There is much uncertainty about the strength of this shower, both on Earth and on the Moon. As far as we know, our planet has never passed directly through a debris stream from Comet 209P/LINEAR, so no one knows exactly how much comet dust lies ahead. A magnificent meteor shower could erupt, with streaks of light in terrestrial skies and sparkling explosions on the Moon–or it could be a complete dud.


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