Winter 2017/18

TWC: Fort Belknap, Montana rises from -37F to 45F within 24 hours

Written by on February 19, 2018 in United States of America, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments
TWC: Fort Belknap, Montana rises from -37F to 45F within 24 hours

Article from weather.com February 15, 2018 By Brian Donegan and Chris Dolce Imagine seeing the temperature rise more than 80 degrees in just a few hours, but it’s still cold. Yes, this really happened Tuesday in Fort Belknap, Montana, thanks to Chinook winds causing the temperature to rise from an early-morning low of minus 37 […]

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Europe Winter 2017-18: ‘Relatively mild’ Dec-Jan, Potentially ‘very cold’ late Feb, March!

Written by on February 19, 2018 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments
Europe Winter 2017-18: ‘Relatively mild’ Dec-Jan, Potentially ‘very cold’ late Feb, March!

December and January turned out average to warmer than normal across Europe and the UK ‘overall’ but certainly this big picture doesn’t tell the whole story as there have been frequent colder periods ‘locally’. January anomaly However, the large-scale trend shifted firmly to colder in February. Despite a warmer than normal Dec-Jan period, there have […]

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La Nina, MJO drives late winter US pattern

Written by on February 18, 2018 in United States of America, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments
La Nina, MJO drives late winter US pattern

While Western Europe flipped from warm January to cold February, the opposite has taken place in the Eastern US with cold January to warm February. The north-central has been frigid though and this strongly reflects a La Nina February. Jan 18 Feb so far Next 7 days firmly follows the trend of the last 18 […]

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NORTHEAST CITIES: From spring warmth to plowable snow, More warmth next week!

Written by on February 16, 2018 in United States of America, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments
NORTHEAST CITIES: From spring warmth to plowable snow, More warmth next week!

From spring back to winter within 24 hours! A system lifting ENE out of the southern Plains will meet cold air dropping southwards out of Canada and so precip turns to snow from the interior Mid-Atlantic up through New England. Quite the dip in temp between today and tomorrow. From mid to upper 50s late […]

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100 mph winds generate whiteout & worst conditions of winter for Scottish Highlands

Written by on February 16, 2018 in United Kingdom & Ireland, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments
100 mph winds generate whiteout & worst conditions of winter for Scottish Highlands

The vicious combination of gale-force winds and snowfall created white out conditions across parts of the Highland road network Wednesday. Atrocious conditions were observed in the hills where gusts exceeded 100 mph over the Cairngorms. The worst affected area was along the A82 between Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. The A9 was also subject to serious […]

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Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia set new February heat records

Written by on February 16, 2018 in Asia, Rest of World, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments
Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia set new February heat records

It’s been unusually warm for so early in the year across parts of the Arabian Peninsula. Temps in the upper 20s, low 30s are common late February into March across the southern region. But early week has of 37 to 40C are exceptional and record breaking. Blame early summer-like 850mb temps over Saudi Arabia with […]

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SSWE has occurred, we now await the response… Worst of winter still ahead?

Written by on February 15, 2018 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments
SSWE has occurred, we now await the response… Worst of winter still ahead?

According to ITV weather guru Liam Dutton, the UK experiences a prolonged cold period 66% of the time following a sudden stratospheric warming event. The last time it occurred was January 2013. So happens February was cold and March was the UK’s coldest in 50 years. The time before that? 2009 and our coldest December […]

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Frigid Montana: From -42F air/-62F chill to ground blizzards

Written by on February 13, 2018 in United States of America, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments
Frigid Montana: From -42F air/-62F chill to ground blizzards

As arctic air brings Montana it’s coldest weather of the season (worse likely to come next 10 days), attention turns from -30 to -40 air, -40 to -60 chill to ground blizzards. Havre, MT shivered at -36 but the coldest place in the state appears to have been Mudd Lake with -42, Chinook hit -40. […]

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SCOTLAND: Today’s ‘low level’ snow forecast was a bust! What about tomorrow & Thursday?

Written by on February 13, 2018 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments
SCOTLAND: Today’s ‘low level’ snow forecast was a bust! What about tomorrow & Thursday?

I can’t deny that yesterday’s snow forecast for overnight and this morning was a complete bust at low levels. There was nothing when I had thought there would be a lot. Certainly further north and higher roads further south didn’t escape. Snow disrupts flights at #Inverness Airport, travel on #A9 and #A82 and also shuts […]

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US: Models beginning to flip back to colder winter endgame following first SSWE since 2013

Written by on February 12, 2018 in United States of America, Winter 2017/18 with 0 Comments
US: Models beginning to flip back to colder winter endgame following first SSWE since 2013

We have just witnessed the first true sudden stratospheric warming event (SSWE) since January 2013 with a split in the vortex. One piece has pushed over central Arctic Canada and the other into the Europe-Asia border area. The models went from cold to mild for late February which didn’t coincide with the overall picture. A […]

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