Monday, December 30, 2013

A "Winter's Tale" Start To New Year For Eastern U.S.

The ECMWF operational model forecasts two very strong and cold storms to impact the Northeast as the New Year gets underway. Shown above is the 120-hour forecast at 500 mb and the surface valid at 00 UTC on Friday, January 3rd, 2014. Graphic below shows the same forecast fields valid at 00 UTC on Monday, January 6th, 2014. What a 1-2 punch of a forecast.

Meanwhile, here in the Southwest, I have to look back to 2012 when we had a cold, winter storm to end the year. The photos above and below were from Art Douglas showing his place in Ash Canyon on the morning of the 31st. Nothing like that this year.

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