Alfoman

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  1. NAM finally in range for Monday's system (take with a grain of salt because it is the long range NAM). GFS is still much flatter with the h5 vort with little northern stream interaction. LA/TN/MS/AL could score in the morning hours (if the NAM is correct) but that warm air advection ahead of the surface low + daytime heating is going to be a killer combo for the piedmont with no good source of cold air. Still time with this one though
  2. I agree with you and the 12z GFS just essentially lost the system at the surface. The combination of just too many pieces of energy flying around and the northern stream confluence is causing these models to struggle immensely. But the cold just is not there for us to tap into
  3. 18Z GFS similar to 12Z but a tad bit slower with the progression of the shortwave as it interacts with the northern energy. Also a few degrees colder at the surface for the Piedmont, but obviously still too warm for most. It is unfortunate this seems like a daytime event too
  4. Yup, broad SLP straight through GA 500 vort is a damn mess...the H5 evolution has been different every single run the past few days on most every model
  5. Wondering how much snow cover over the foothills into VA could factor into forecasted temps for next Monday's system. The 12Z suite was interesting to say the least, with the storm signal still very much there. It is going to be a delicate balance for how the shortwave progresses as it digs south, which will determine how this plays out. 12Z CMC has too much early interaction with some northern stream energy causing NE cyclonic rotation of our wave around it while also placing a 1038 mb HP over the Midwest. GFS has the interaction happening later, so the system isn't driven as much northward but which a much weaker 1028 surface HP over the northeast.
  6. It is looking more and more likely that we are heading towards an interesting start to 2021. Nothing for the Southeast is ever a guarantee and even in the best patterns we could end up in disappointment, but the long range set up is one of the best I’ve ever seen. As Grit and other have mentioned, the west based –NAO is fairly important for us and it seems as if it could be here to stay. The new EPS weeklies have it staying to some degree through early February. It could take some time for arctic air to funnel its way southward in accordance with our block too (probably mid-January if it does). We have been incredibly fixated on mess in the Pacific, which should slowly improve over the next two weeks. It seems like the Pacific jet extension is retracting going into week 2 of Jan which could lead finally lend us to some ridging on the west coast. But the jet does not disappear (but rather slightly pulls back), so I would not expect a sustained –EPO… a manageable pacific with a more neutral/slight negative look to it works too. As hinted on the GEFS and Euro Ens, the large scale pattern begins to retrograde once ridging takes over the pole. This moves the EPO domain west (helping us move more toward a more neutral EPO look) and shifts ridging in Asia which helps stop the Pac Jet influence. As CustomWX mentioned though, we do not need this necessarily to get some good opportunities. By day 8-15 on the Euro Ens, the PV shifted west in the Bering Sea, allowing the incoming pieces of energy to rotate farther west as well which helps pump heights in western Canada in conjugation with the west based –NAO. Lastly, it looks like we finally have some general agreement with the starto warming event as well into the first two weeks of Jan (Euro is still quickest with the reverse). However, do not expect immediate changes with this, as it is common for the synoptic effects to materialize a few weeks after the event. Things looking up from here and I have hope! Happy New Years Everybody!
  7. Disclaimer: Depending on changeovers along frontal boundaries hardly ever works in our favor in AL/GA, but the more robust trough helps our chances. Also the CMC looks nice with some backside snow showers into the morning of the 25th
  8. It is going to be frustrating watching all this energy constantly feed in from the pacific just to see cutters and clippers, but patience is key. Also, I would really not pay too much attention to the details in the long range GFS, because it has a hard time adjusting to the impending SSW event in accordance with good high lat blocking. Even with the best pattern we can ask for, a well positioned system can be tough to come by in the south.
  9. It seems like this Christmas storm is a pattern-breaking type of system, so I'm hopeful the models start to adjust as we get closer to the 25th. I am keeping an eye out on the potential system on the 28/29th. 12z GFS has our Baja wave finally north enough to interact with the energy propagating in from the Pacific, but we would need it to dig deeper and sharper. 12z CMC and Euro have the energy too far south+ dissipating over the Gulf, resulting in a clipper over the NE. Could be interesting!
  10. This will be such an interesting and frustrating set-up! The chase can often times lead to disappointment and incredibly tight gradients, but it is something interesting to watch nonetheless. However, I am really interested in the post-Christmas through first week of January period! Our outlook has completely changed over the course of the last few months for the better in terms of winter weather. The La Nina has likely peaked and is going to be declining in strength as we enter Jan/Feb. The teleconnections look very good going into Christmas, and this month may be our first with a -AO signal for almost 30 full days in probably a decade at the least. Long range models hinting at an awesome stretch of high-latitude blocking and even a potential sudden stratospheric warming event going into January (ECMWF specifically). SSWs can disrupt the polar vortex and allow arctic air masses to dislodge and move further south, bringing in our supply of colder air to work with. I'm still skeptical of the SSW , because it literally is the buzzword that comes up every winter as our potential savior, but I'm excited about the chance still. Also, these types of events can be tough for models to account for, so if it does occur, be weary of modeling until they can account it. Does not guarantee anything, but I'll take anything after the past few miserable winters on my end.
  11. I agree that the day 5 wave could be intriguing! Would need the wave to dig deeper (which it has been trending in that direction since yesterday) but even if we get the precipitation to fall, I do not think there is enough of a cold air source behind it for snow anywhere outside of the mountains. Second wave is VERY interesting this far out for now. Excited to see how it evolves on the models tonight and tomorrow
  12. The ridge over the Atlantic is strong enough to steer system NE as it gets amplified in the favorable quadrant of the trough which pulls it in that direction simultaneously. Although, this solution was entirely different than the previous run (night and day) so disregard exact positioning that far in the future. It would be better to focus on the overall larger scale pattern, but even that is tough to pinpoint. For example, here is the 6Z v the 12z GFS for the same time frame at the very ends of their respective runs.
  13. This is definitely interesting heading into the middle and latter part of the month. While NAO/AO/PNA are all forecasted to head towards a more neutral signal towards the middle of December, I'm hoping this could mean the tropospheric polar vortex heads south allowing for more arctic air intrusion towards the second half. 12z GFS returns our current +PNA/-NAO/-AO scheme at the end of the run, which will likely change but is encouraging nonetheless.
  14. BULLETIN Hurricane Delta Advisory Number 17 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL262020 400 PM CDT Thu Oct 08 2020 ...DELTA REGAINS MAJOR HURRICANE STRENGTH OVER THE WESTERN GULF OF MEXICO... ...HURRICANE CONDITIONS AND LIFE-THREATENING STORM SURGE EXPECTED TO BEGIN ALONG PORTIONS OF THE NORTHERN GULF COAST ON FRIDAY... SUMMARY OF 400 PM CDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...24.8N 93.4W ABOUT 345 MI...555 KM S OF CAMERON LOUISIANA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...115 MPH...185 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 320 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...959 MB...28.32 INCHES