Wednesday December 7 – With snow in this title and leading many newscasts this week, plus the fact that I love snow, I want you to please read this post carefully. It is December, and in most years we get our first snow this month. With that said, despite how much I love snow and talk about Faith in the Flakes daily, I am cautious about putting too much stock in a winter forecast five days away. Especially the first one of the season since it can either get you over excited or nervous. My beloved Canadian GEM Model (I have shown for years) is showing the most aggressive snowy solution. I am not fully buying this at this time, but it looks good. This model does stand alone in contrast to the GFS (and European not shown here).
I hesitate to go all out showing models this early, but you should have an idea of what could be on the way by the end of the weekend. I want you to have some perspective and take this with a grain of salt for now. I can forecast with confidence that there will be plenty of social media outlets that will hype this. It is fun to talk about, but let’s proceed with caution (for now). FITF
This first image shows the same time frame next Monday morning and a range of a raging storm with snow and ice across The Mid Atlantic, or light snow confined to the colder suburbs of Baltimore. Which is right? That is a great question. I am going against my own principal and show the snow total forecast maps for each model below… I am only doing this because a man I respect, Meteorologist Tom Tasselmeyer, tweeted them earlier. I discussed this with Tony Pann and we were going to wait a day or two, but now the cat is out of the bag. So why not show it only to come back and reference this in a few days to see which model is holding up better???
Computer models are guidance not gospel. They have slight variations of mathematical equations that can lead to different forecast solutions/maps. Even a slight change in timing can dramatically adjust the formation or track of a storm projected many days away.
The GFS Model had a major upgrade this past January. It has been improved. The Canadian operates best when arctic air and the polar jet dominates. So since this is the first ‘event’ of the season, it will give a lot of insight as to which is behaving better. The well known European Model also had an upgrade, but honestly has not been performing that well. It has a similar output as the GFS shown below.
- Light snow arrives Sunday, especially north of Baltimore
- An arctic front will develop a wave of Low Pressure and redevelop off of the coast Monday
- The Canadian Model has a stronger more developed storm arriving
- The Canadian Model shows a stronger redevelopment, close to the coast on Monday to enhance the snow and ice
- The GFS shows a weaker storm, and thus less moisture. Also less force to pull the arctic air farther south.
- Snow amounts range from a dusting/1 inch to a moderate storm over 6 inches (I’m not buying this yet)