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  1. Most close calls happen in a decent pattern. Good patterns even are littered with near miss fails. We haven’t had anything close to a good pattern so nothing close to a near miss either.
  2. Why don’t you complain a little more.
  3. It’s been making a subtle comeback today. Enough that I’m mildly slightly interested in keeping one eye kinda sorta on it maybe. It’s likely going to trend to where we just need one more slight improvement then collapse into total fail. Ask Ji how that works.
  4. It will be transient. We’re just looking for a shot. We probably only get one chance. The first system to eject from the west behind the likely cutter will be the only real chance. After it probably breaks down again.
  5. It will be salt in the wounds if we got the pattern we needed too late...but the fear spring gets ruined by a -NAO is always overblown. A -NAO can certainly make March chilly but by the time we get to April there is no way we’re getting more than a rare day or two that’s actually cold. It won’t rain everyday...and when it’s Sunny it’s almost guaranteed to at least be ~50 degrees. It will just delay summer like temps until May/June instead of years where we jump right to upper 70s and 80s in April.
  6. There has been no pattern change offered at all by any models since January He has a script and will stick to it regardless
  7. Yea so he immediately moved on to the next ridiculous BS nonsense that he knows has next to no chance to verify. You would think he would at least try to tone it down for 5 minutes.
  8. Don’t worry JB has a new analog. 1960. No
  9. Great write up @showmethesnow its actually kinda close Get the heights a little lower to our northeast and that low will be forced under the ridge. Its not likely but it’s not hopeless. That look across Canada is new and it’s breaking inside day 10 now across all guidance. New isn’t always better but in this case I’ll take my chances on anything else. A cold dump is still on all guidance after that closed low. We just have to see what the specifics within the flow look like when that gets within range. It sometimes doesn’t take as much of a SW to produce in March. Weak waves tend to juice up with the increased baroclinicity. But it’s a different look (not totally, some of the same issues do linger) but with changing wavelengths maybe we have some chance.
  10. If the ridging across Canada can hold for a week it could work. It would be a repeat of the late January period that actually almost produced a snow. It was the closest we came in this crap pattern. Only this time with more cold stuck under the ridge (if that dump is real and doesn’t get muted). If the AK and Greenland tpv never relax the whole thing collapses. But if we do get a dump of cold and a week with a central or western Canada ridge that would be our best look of the winter. That’s a very very low bar, and there are way too many “ifs” in there to bet money on it...just trying to find a silver lining.
  11. @C.A.P.E. ok this all depends on this progression being right. And I’m skeptical but right now all 3 majors show this so it at least can’t be totally ruled out. I actually liked the 12z eps. Starts out showing our basic crap look from all winter. Everything locked up top... this opening in the mid range sets up an opportunity if it’s real... So it won’t be true arctic air. It’s air that originated over AK (but it’s been building cold there) that gets released as the vortex relaxes and mixes with the canadien airmass. That makes it above normal there, but only somewhat, and a direct discharge of slightly above normal northern Canada air into the US is cold enough here. It dumps west initially due to the ridge wall... but after the cutter it will come east combined with another dump of canadien air. Again not frigid but plenty cold enough to support snow if we get lucky. It won’t be a long window. The pattern up top is already reloading and about to slam the door shut. That energy out west is our shot. If that can come across before the cold breaks down we could get one chance. yes I know how pathetic it is to be analyzing a series of progressions that need to happen just to give us one moderate level threat 15/20 days away...but that’s literally all we got. I’m trying to focus on the minimal amount of hope in a sea of despair.
  12. The Greenland tpv shifts northeast at the same time the AK one pulls NW which temporarily allows enough cold to dump into the conus between the two features to make things interesting if we can time something up. Assuming the relax even happens. It’s tenuous. Shift both of those 2 features slightly and it becomes more of the same with no cold at all.
  13. I don’t think 90 got cold until late March then there was a snow in April
  14. Pretty good agreement on the cold dump at least
  15. Ok enough with the obvious negatives, I’ll offer one legit positive. The guidance all does agree on a temporary relax in both the Greenland and AK vortexes that have been killing us. The response dumps cold into the area. The longwave pattern does probably quickly revert to crap but if you put cold into the conus in March things could work out. Clippers, weak boundary waves that don’t even show up at h5, crazy cutoffs...weird things happen in March sometimes. Having cold around makes it possible.
  16. Looks like 100% rain in DC and 90% rain after an inch of slop in the extreme NW part of this sub. I know your trying and keep it up...but it’s by far the furthest south with that system of all guidance and it’s still mostly or all rain for this sub. What we would need to see for that threat to trend better would be something to knock down the ridging ahead of that system. Lower heights to our northeast. Right now the ridging there sets up way too much southerly flow ahead of that system.
  17. Phase 5/6 feeds that mid latitude pac ridge that’s been a problem all season. I think the cause behind the doom and gloom analog data I pointed out around New Years is that when you see such a strong forcing signal in that area in coordination with that anomalous a ridge in the central pac...its highly indicative of a base state that favors continued forcing in that region. And that is what we have seen. Every attempt at forcing propagating out of that region meets resistance. Even when we get some favorable forcing in the IO it’s being muted by a standing wave in the western Pac constantly reforming. I’ve also theorized that pac forcing effects us more than IO forcing. I’ve recently seen some other Mets post that same thought so if a wave in the pac is conflicting with the IO the pac forcing is likely to win out.
  18. Not only is a COD following an amplified wave in warm phases not good, but weak cold phase convection in years with a strong warm base state rarely does any good. I’m very early in the data research but so far the hypothesis that the mjo correlates with pattern response most when it is coupled with the atmospheric base state seems to be true. I think the reason phase 8-1-2 have cold correlations is because in years with a favorable cold pattern base state (ninos) we tend to get highly amplified cold phase waves AND we tend to see waves in those phases for more of the winter. It’s a feedback loop. But in warm state (Nina like) winters weak waves into 8-1-2 don’t have nearly as much effect. Usually when we did see a flip it was with a very strong mjo wave into cold phases and it was indicative of an actual more permanent pattern change in the background base state. It works both ways btw. In years like 1978, 1996, 2003, 2010, 2014, 2015 (once the pattern flipped late Jan) ... weak warm phase convection doesn’t have the negative effects either. We survived weak warm waves and even snowed during some of them in those years. To simplify...the mjo alone won’t save us. The mjo is one piece of a symbiotic puzzle. The mjo can certainly give us strong clues to what the picture is and the base state, and it is. And if we see a strong amplified wave into 8-1-2 then we can guess a true pattern change might be coming. But seeing attempts at weak waves skirting the edges of cold phases during a hostile pattern is unlikely to do much good. I suppose it can signal a slight “relax” of the very hostile forcing so maybe it highlights an increased opportunity for a lucky fluke, but that’s about it imo. I think the fact we can see some crazy solutions in March gives us the best chance at getting lucky
  19. The euro and canadien never went way into 8 like the gefs. Gefs has backed off too. After 3 days in 8 it reverses and slides back into 7. 7 is a really bad phase late Feb into March. 8 isn’t really all that good anymore either. Shorter wavelengths are making 8 forcing too far west to do as much good anymore. We need 1-2-3 now. 8 is still better but not as good as in Dec-Januar. The euro did look slightly more promising the last few days trending towards 8 but now does a sudden u turn just like the last attempt at a cycle into cold phases. Mersky could tell us how that worked out.
  20. This looks like more of the same to me what’s more those plots don’t look as bad as it really is. The wave in the IO is offsetting the west pac wave on those plots. There are conflicting signals. But the western pac wave is feeding the pac ridge.
  21. Eps follows the same progression as the gefs heading into March.
  22. What do you want me to do about the fact the next 10 days (at least) we are still stuck in the same crap pattern? Pattern change has to come first. Then maybe we get an event. Whether that is 5/10/15 days away you can’t force a threat where there isn’t one. If you keep latching on to every lottery ticket level prayer from day 8 in this awful pattern you will continue to be let down and frustrated. Maybe something does hit on one of these crazy long shot setups that require 15 moving parts to all go our way but I bet if it does it will be something not resolved until short range and it pops up closer in. We are not getting some long range trackable event in this pattern.
  23. GEPS was a nice run. Caved to the idea of a Canada ridge and cutting a trough under into the east. It’s likelt transient and it’s reloading the super + AO at the end but it would create a good window first. This temp profile works in early March. I am trying to be positive and at this point I’m just hunting for a look that could produce one storm. That’s all. So far the possibility of a workable look to start March hasn’t collapsed....yet
  24. GEFS did not trend the way we want for the day 8 super long shot but it does do what I said I wanted to see in the long range. Followed the progression I highlighted on the EPS earlier. We need to get that ridge centered back in central Canada or west of Hudson Bay would be ideal... GEFS strongly indicates the cutter idea day 11-12 but then sets up a look we can work with at the end. Being that far out there is obviously disagreement on exactly where the waves will be and that is why we see that huge spread out trough...but the key features are the ridge centered west of Hudson Bay in Canada and the strong indications of a 50/50 type feature to our northeast. Then we just need to see how the timing works out with whatever waves eject out of the west in that look. Again...assuming the look is real...but another run with that look so I guess odds continue to increase that MAYBE this isnt a mirage if we keep seeing it move closer in time.