Skip to comments.Brutally Cold 2014-15 Winter Shaping Up For The United States
Posted on 09/11/2014 8:58:45 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
The 2013-14 winter was a season that I will never be able to forget simply because of the kind of cold Arctic outbreaks that occurred throughout that year. Whats even more remarkable is that the 2013-14 winter became known as that winter that simply would not end, and even this summer, we have seen times when the mid and upper level pattern strongly resembled what would be typical of a winter pattern. We had pretty severe Arctic outbreaks in both 2009-10 and 2010-11 winters but for entirely different reasons than last winter. The main driver of last winter was the warm pool of above average waters over the northeastern Pacific, and this warm pool is still there! It is to blame for a lot of the volatility that we have seen this year in our temperatures across the United States.
You hear a lot about the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) and Arctic Oscillation (AO) particularly during the winter months as those indices are very important to monitor each winter and can be the difference between a cold winter in the central and eastern United States and a very warm winter. Last year, it didnt matter whether we had a positive or negative NAO/AO, and for those of you that followed my forecasts last winter, you may remember me telling you to ignore all the forecasts being put out that were predicting a big warmup simply because the AO/NAO wasnt negative. Its rare that you would hear me say something like that, but the reason that it didnt matter was because of the warm pool in the northeastern Pacific. It led to a more volatile pattern, and even the regions further south and southeast that didnt necessarily lock into a cold pattern experienced below average temperatures for a good portion of the winter because of the frequent Arctic blasts.
The 2014-15 winter could also be strongly influenced by the warm pool in the northeast Pacific if it persists going into the winter months, and based on some of the things that I have been looking at, chances are good that it will. This would likely lead to another brutally cold winter in the central and eastern United States while the western U.S. would have above average temperatures, particularly in the Pacific Northwest. The good news is that I think central and southern California will receive above average precipitation, and that is due to a developing weak El Nino that will not necessarily be the main driver of this winter but will have some influence. This also means more precipitation across the southern states including the Southwest through the Southern Plains to parts of the Southeast. The regions where the cold air will be in place will have an increased chance at seeing more wintry weather this season, even in locations that typically dont get any snow/ice.
When there is a warm pool of above average sea surface temperatures over the northeast Pacific/Gulf of Alaska, you get ridging to develop up over Alaska and the western U.S. and troughing over the central and eastern United States. This can persist throughout the entire winter (just like last winter) if this warm pool remains in this same place throughout the season. This is what is considered a negative EPO (eastern Pacific oscillation) pattern and typically brings cold air over a large portion of the United States. Due to some other factors that I will explain in a future article, I have reason to believe that the cold air could be more focused in the eastern third of the nation this winter.
There are still a lot of unknowns about this winter, and I am going to monitor everything closely through September and October before I put out a final 2014-15 winter forecast in late October or early November. There have been a lot of bogus forecasts being put out on this upcoming winter, and you just have to ignore them. I strongly believe that this could be another brutally cold winter, and if anything changes my mind, youll be the first to know. Remember, there are sites that call for brutally cold winters EVERY SINGLE YEAR just to get high views, but as most of you know, if I think something is going to happen, I tell you WHY.
Here are two links for you to check out: this one here will take you to my region-by-region breakdown on this upcoming winter, and this one here will take you to my detailed winter forecast that gets more into the meteorology behind the forecast. Also, be sure to like Firsthand Weather on Facebook, where I will be putting out updates on this upcoming winter and other weather events.
Ha ha! I live in the orange zone and I’ve got enough firewood to last for two years. Life is good.
Yep, gonna be the coldest winter ever, unless it isn’t.
Wyoming Pick the tomatoes, put away the hose, and clear a spot in the garage
(Already 18 inches (45 cm) of snow in some areas.)
Calgary Summertime winter scene Photo tells it all
Freak September snowstorm Major power outages in Calgary
Nobody alive today saw snow this early in Rapid City, SD
Alberta snowstorm flattens crops just ahead of harvest
Record cold in Montana
For those of us who are color blind, which area is orange?
This summer was particularly cool in the Northeast. Many mornings I'd walk the dog and be able to see my breath in the air. Feels like October already.
Joe Bastardi says it’s going to be brutally cold as well as both Farmer’s Almanacs. And now this guy.
The Pacific NW and the Inland Empire - Washington, N, Idaho, and far western Montana.
18 Years and Counting
Can’t get tomorrow’s weather right, but by golly they have all winter figured out right now.
I am reminded that in the mid 1990s they predicted a large earthquake once every two years for the next decade or so. This was based on a flurry of quakes in the prior five years.
Not one plus 6 quake followed as of this time, 2014.
Predicting nature is like trying to predict if the wife will be happy three days from now.
That was in Southern California BTW.
What a beautiful picture, as it is an abrupt end of summer.
Hmm...warm and dry in my neck of the woods. Gonna play hell with the ski resorts...
Hope they struck a deal because if this forecast pans out...
Looks Red to me.
It’s supposed to hit 106 here next week, I got 98 today and it’ll be breaking the 100s for the next few days.
This guy seems to think it’s going to be cold of global warming.
I live in the PNW also but “Very Dry” in the Cascades is not a good thing.
“Whatever happened to that “global warming” that so many people were yip-yip-yapping about? “
Global warming is five minutes ago. Now, it’s climate change. Cold temperatures will ALSO be attributed to anthropogenic climate change - which, of course, will require more regulation. Watch.
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