Ahhhh so I am really starting to see the parade of storms on the long range models and yes the Arctic Oscillation will help us out along the way. We are gonna see 3-4 storms the next 2-3 weeks some will miss...some will graze us...one will nail us.
My gut feeling is we are gonna get popped from one of these storms in the next 20 days. The pattern is coming around to winter you can see on each run looking into early January that it will be winter and will not be like last year...not even close my friends.
So we now see the index for the NAO and AO and it's not all that bad as we head into January. You want the NAO to be negative just a bit but not too much to drive storms to far south. You want the AO to supply those fresh Arctic doses of air to pop the storms to the coast.
As you can see the storm just after Christmas has potential and it will come down to where we place the HIGH pressure to the north with this potential system. The first map is the GFS, next Euro and last is the Canadian Model.
Wow, that does look rather impressive (still too warm for Southern VA though :( ) The model app on my phone must not have updated its database for the 18z yet when I veiwed it. That looks a lot more like the 12z I veiwed.
Not liking the 18z GFS very much, its starting to take it back more inland to a GLC. 12z had an Apps Runner look to it with a ferocious looking secondary forming near the Delmarva, which lended some hope that it would continue to trend east. Hope the block up north can re -establish to push it further east (south wouldnt hurt either). 8 days for them to change their mind though, thats the good news.
Tim in all honesty nothing is set in stone now, but if you believed the models you wouldn't be upset b/c they have consistently shown this low pressure tracking somewhere well west of our area. People see one run and they completely dismiss the previous 3-4 days worth of runs which showed a completely different picture. I wouldn't be surprised to see a final path be much closer to the Appalachian mountains when all is said and done, but I find it harder and harder to see a coastal from this other than a transfer off the coast, but much too far north for the mid atlantic to see much snow.
Just a little disappointed, I had such high hopes last night when they were really starting to think this was the storm to hit the east, now doesn't look like we have a shot. That's what I get for believing models 7-10 days out.
That is what many of these guys have been saying, the models are being screwed up cause they are not picking up that REX block. I wouldn't worry much about that run. Cause they keep saying that's meteorologically impossible for that to go straight into a block.
Well from the looks of it, seems like this is going to be another bust of a storm for the east coast. Thought this was going to be the 'one', but seems like a lot of people are saying just rain and the track will stay far west from us.
What does it show? Even if it shows all rain, were still a week out so things can change a whole lot, 2 years ago, we had a storm where we were supposed to be shut out and get rain, but the models changed drastically overnight and we woke up in a winter storm warning and ended up getting a good snow storm.