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  1. Yeah ignoring the PDO was a mistake, but I’m going to disagree with you on the MEI. All the MEI was saying was that the La Niña was going to act like a stronger Nina than ONI would imply. That is bad for the mid Atlantic, but NYC north it’s really not. Strong Ninas are fine up here. If you use MEI, the 2010-2011 was the strongest La Niña on record. La Nina’s, especially stronger ones are more dependent on North Atlantic blocking (polar region). Historically strong Nina with a -NAO has been one of the most favorable winter patterns in New England (behind weak nino with a raging +PDO). However, strong ninas with a +NAO are often REALLY bad (see the entire 2011-2012 winter, last year during Jan and Feb). In a nino (non super), +NAO isn’t really a death sentence and can actually be a really good pattern for New England if combined with a +PDO. In a stronger Nino like this one, you really want a +PDO if looking for big snows in the east. El Nino -PDO combo has historically been quite unfavorable for east coast snow (Raindance has some good posts about this). The only ENSO state that really is a death sentence for a cold snowy winter up here is super nino. This winter looks like it has a good chance at having both a -PDO and a super nino, which is why I agree with you about this winter being a dud for my area. I think in general there is this big “Nina bad, Nino good” sentiment for east coast winters which is not necessarily true.
  2. I don’t know about that, strong la Nina patterns aren’t necessarily bad in New England. 2007-2008 was pretty good in Boston, and 2010-2011 had the lowest MEI on record and a raging -PDO. The summer of 2010 had an MEI of -2.5 (super).
  3. Another couple ticks and there’s a low over my noggin. It’s a little more west than I thought, but there’s no reason to panic and and overreact. It’s just a low, it’s really not a big deal. We get lows plowing inland all the time. What’s so special about this storm? It’s just a run of the mill windy rainstorm, nothing we aren’t used to in New England.
  4. Yeah still worth watching but looking like a near miss is the most likely outcome. The low is very strong, just too far offshore to be anything more than a typical rainstorm.
  5. Aren’t La Ninas decent in New England and only really bad in the mid Atlantic? Even strong ninas aren’t that bad in Boston. We actually do better in strong ninas than strong and super ninos snowfall wise.
  6. That same seasonal guidance is forecasting a super nino peaking in November/December. If the nino ends up at like +1.6 or something (I highly doubt that based on the latest weeklies already being up to +1.6) I would be more inclined to buy it, but a +2.1 peak? I’m not buying that we have a winter anywhere that cold and snowy during a super nino.
  7. He kept using 95-96 and 10-11 as his analogs last year and wouldn’t stop insisting that it was about to get very cold and snowy week after week from November through March. It was like he was living in an alternative universe. He was God awful last winter, terrible Yeah those analogs were horrible. 2011-2012 would have been a better analog to use, moderate modoki nina coming off another nina. For La Niñas they are the most favorable immediately after an El Niño, since sometimes you will have the juiced STJ still active and the typical Nina active northern branch. Both 95-96 and 10-11 were ninas immediately following an El Niño. I’m with you on this winter not being great, but I like the look of next winter (decent probability of a La Niña after a super nino this winter).
  8. Yeah, he likes warmer weather like Torch Tiger. I don’t have a problem with it this year though since he has been for the most part right about how this El Niño would develop so far, and his aggressive forecasts do have model support. If he’s getting excited about a super Nina next year and is saying it will lead to a warm snowless winter, I’ll have more of a problem with it because that isn’t really supported by data.
  9. Yeah when it’s not agreeing with its own ensembles combined with its amped bias it makes sense to go with the less aggressive guidance.
  10. Sometimes, just going with climo is the way to go. Just like how we should be skeptical of the models showing a 10 day blizzard in November, we should be skeptical of any guidance that shows a 10 day cat 2-hurricane landfalling in SNE. Climo doesn’t support that, and when it comes down to climo vs model forecasts, 99/100 times climo wins out.
  11. That’s insane there is nothing to support this being anything close to Sandy. Even the guidance that is the closest just gives us a lot of rain, not a direct hit landfall.
  12. This is starting to get interesting. I haven’t really checked the models much over the past couple of days, but since I last time I looked the low location is more west than it was last time I looked. I don’t think a SNE landfall is likely, but the risk of the storm getting close enough to give us a lot of rain is increasing.
  13. Makes sense, they tend to do better in strong and super ninos. If the mid Atlantic is going to get theirs, let’s hope for something similar to 02-03 where both New England and the mid Atlantic has a big winter instead of 09-10 or 15-16 where New England gets screwed.
  14. You think it will be an above average snow winter for New England instead of the mid Atlantic?
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