We continue to monitor with a certain degree of frustration the evolution of the long range weather pattern as we march through February. Days tick away for snow lovers who have either thrown in the towel on the rest of the winter and are lining up along mountainsides about to take the jump off the cliff. After a brutally cold and active start it has been nothing but cold air masses coming in and moving out and storm tracks to the west thanks to no blocking whatsoever. That pattern remains very progressive (fast west to east) with no signs of that changing anytime soon. For Central and Northern New England the snows continue and have been substantial. For the coast it has been either cheap thrills for some areas and not much at all elsewhere.
The European model for Monday morning illustrates the issue. The ridge along 140 degrees west is TOO FAR WEST. This creates troughing in the west. Though the flow is split with a vortex in Central Canada supplying cold air, the Atlantic ridge is strong and this creates a scenario where cold highs come down and move in and out. There is nothing to hold the cold air in. There is absolutely no blocking at all in the Atlantic. Looking ahead all the way out to day 10 there is no change in this regime...READ MORE AT http://www.meteorologistjoecioffi.com/index.php/2018/02/09/gulf-alaska-high-just-wont-go-away-long-range/