Old Man Winter Strikes Back With Record Snowfall For Northeast US and Japan, Could Europe Be Next?

Written by on December 22, 2020 in Asia, Rest of World, United States of America with 0 Comments

With the help of a -AO releasing polar air south and connecting with an active/stormy mid latitude pattern, we have seen two areas of record breaking snowfall.

The snow starved Northeast US has barely seen any snow in the last 2 winters but the storm last week changed that.

Across the Pacific and although home to some of the world’s biggest snowfalls, the northern Japanese Alps bore the brunt of some incredible snowfall lately. All thanks to bitter Siberian winds sweeping over the relatively warm Sea of Japan and meeting the lofty mountains falling in the form of sea effect snow.

Some very cold air slipped in following the record dump of snow!

December 2020 couldn’t be more different to last year. While the polar vortex was ramping up to record strength this time last year, this time around it’s weak and struggling with all signs pointing to an SSWE in early January.

In some of the big winters of the recent past, we’ve seen heavy or record breaking snowfall in the US and Japan and often this is followed by significant winter weather for Europe. More or less all models point to considerably colder and snowier times for Western Europe.

Here’s the day 1-11 mean 2m temp anomaly!

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

GFS snowfall through next 10 days. Wow!

Credit: Tropical Tidbits

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