Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cold to hit hard before mid-Feb warmup

Stratospheric temperatures in the Arctic strongly indicate that a warm period is coming to warm hearts on Valentines Day.  I fear that the warm spell is a weather pattern reload and not an end to this awful winter.  Between now and then leftover cold air needs to go somewhere!

This European (ECMWF) map depicts what I believe will be a blast of windy cold air late next week.  Take note of the locations of the cold upper level heights predicted for 6AM Saturday Feb 5.
Source: Pennsylvania State Univ E-Wall
Unfortunately for snow lovers the storm track has shifted north meaning that we get the cold and are not well positioned for snow.  It would not surprise me if there was a late February or early March attempt at a Nor'easter but that depends on whether the pattern goes into a reloading mode.

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