Sunday, February 07, 2016

500 mb Anticyclone And Ridge Dominate Over The West

Above graphic is ECMWF 500 mb forecast valid at 5:00 pm MST this afternoon, Sunday February 7th. Looks like Super Bowl L will be played, in San Francisco, beneath the core of the anticyclone. Meanwhile, in Scottsdale, Arizona, the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open will be played with subsiding air overhead. How's that for a totally gross sponsorship? The PGA must have really been blinded by greed when they let that go forward.

No weather/El Nino problems are going to impact these televised events. The 500 mb pattern actually has a Rex Block character, with a weak cyclone located beneath the strong anticyclone. Indeed, the global models forecast this ridge to dominate through the coming 10 days, as the anticipated, wet  El Nino winter remains missing in action here in southern Arizona.

Photo below is of the Broncos' first play during Super Bowl XLVIII, two years ago. The Broncos were smashed in that game by by the Seahawks, 43-8. Wonder what today will bring, other than endless hype and thousands of commercials?

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