November 24 2020
Last week I presented my Winer Outlook for 2020-2021 and suggested our trend would turn colder and snow would end up ‘near normal’. This was more than most other forecasters had said, and heard suspicion from many people. A few days ago I showed the apparent early shift in the jet stream for December that supported a cold pattern, and maybe some snow. This was more impressive than I expected this early.
We have not seen a pattern like this in a long time! If I had shown this jet stream forecast last week, you might not have believed it. But it’s making believers of even some of the biggest skeptics.
Jet Stream Next Monday
This morning, I read a tweet from the great Dr. Judah Cohen. I mentioned him in my Winter Outlook, as he is well known for long range forecasting of arctic air. He has also been quite pessimistic on the winter ahead, until recently:
— Judah Cohen (@judah47) November 24, 2020
Is Winter Coming?
A closer look at that map he showed: This is a suggestion of the chance for snow up to December 4, 2020
Now, the models are locking in on the storms, even with some snow. Please read through this short report and I will prove why I DO NOT do snow forecasts a week or more away. But what I do like to do is show the pattern change that can support wintry weather, then focus in as we get closer.
Long Range Pattern: Jet Stream Animation
November 27 to December 9: Blue = Colder/Stormy, Orange = Warmer.
The colder pattern seems to be more dominant in the next two weeks.
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Surface Storm Pattern:
Sat Nov 28 to Wed Dec 2
The net result of the deep trough will be the potential for a storm (or a few storms) in the eastern US.
This animation shows this weekend: The development of heavy rain and Low Pressure between east Texas and Louisiana, then turning up the east coast. Notice the snow (blue) on the back side in the mountains. Then colder air brings in snow showers to metro areas Tuesday.
Green = Rain, Blue = Snow.
Closer Look At The Storm
Monday Morning to Tuesday Night
Green = Rain, Blue = Snow.
Storm Snapshot: Monday Afternoon
This latest version shows a track of the Low right through Maryland.
*Remember the hot zone I pointed out in my Winter Outlook in Maryland after multiple tropical systems passed through?
Most winter storms have a big spread of temperatures. Any change in track can shift a forecast as much as 30 degrees.
It is important to note that this forecast was 150 hours away (from this morning).
Compare To Prior Forecasts
THIS IS WHY I DO NOT GIVE FORECASTS ONE WEEK AWAY!
Here is the same time of 1 PM Monday November 30, from the same GFS Mode, but from each previous 12 hour forecast made. Notice the variation of storm plots, then the abrupt change to the map shown above.
These plots had the Low Pressure already in New England. Much different than what I showed above.
- There will be colder air ‘after’ our rain on Thanksgiving.
- There may be another warm up with the next storm, but that depends on the specific track.
- Behind that storm, a winter pattern will really try to establish itself for the first week or two of December.
- This outlook forecasts temperatures 5 to 10 degrees below average in early December.
- In THAT pattern is when we will have our best chance for flakes to fly.
- Will it be on the back end of this storm?
- Will it be another storm?
- Will it be snow showers or flurries?
My Final Winter Outlook: Snow Forecast
FAITH IN THE FLAKES STORE OPEN
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