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Post by sroc4 on Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:57 am

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I’ve gotta be honest, and I’m sure this will incite riots, but unbiased opinion is that I am not impressed with this setup, and am banking on it either sliding to our south on account of a missed phase because of the secondary energy rocketing in from the Pacific, stringing out, but toppling what little transient PNA spike there will be (somebody mentioned this before, can’t recall whom, though), or, earlier phasing and it comes too far west with too much warm air to work with. Not sure which I favor yet, but I’ll have to do some more digging and revert. Either way, I strongly believe that this ends up to not be our storm.

Morning Ray.  I have to respectfully disagree with your rough analysis here.  I dont think we have to worry about a phase at all with this system for mid week.  It looks purely southern stream to me.  A southern stream system that will be running into a fresh polar air mass.  As is currently being modeled a mid 1030's HP will be parked to the north in the wake of the first system that passes just south of the region late Monday, or perhaps scrapes southern portions of this boards coverage area.  Def a diff set up than the one we just had.  

The system that we just had had zero cold air to work with.  HP to the N with that system was ragged at best in the 10 teens maybe.  The freezing line at the surface was way up on, or even just N or, the Canadian boarder as indicated by the  Orange line, 850's and 925mb levels were well N&W of the region as well, and the southern energy was much stronger as a cutoff low as it approached flooding the area with very warm temps from surface to mid levels ahead of the apprioaching surface Low.  It did phase with N energy but the cold air was too far away and our starting point was way too warm from surface to mid levels to overcome an actually favorable surface low, 850 and 500mb closed low track to bring temps down fast enough.  

Not the case in this set up.  As you can see the air mass on Tuesday, compliments of the early week system has surface temps from single digits to teens and 20's knocking on the door(black circle)with even most of the coastal plain starting in the mid to upper 30's.  More than cold enough, esp with the HP where it is to draw from a cold enough source region.  Meanwhile Tuesday ahead of the system the 925-850mb temps are well below freezing as the system approaches again compliments of our fresh injection of a polar air mass.  Not that Im looking at these details with any merit just yet but even dew points look great thus far in modeling out ahead of the system, not the case with the last one.

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In addition the first system seesm to create a kind of pseudo 50/50 low.  Combined with the PNA region out west its just enough to force the track no further west than a coastal hugger worst case scenario IMHO.  I can def see a swing and miss to the SE however if the cold air pushes to hard.  
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Reagrding the PNA ridge GFS trend forecast(euro is modeled very similar in its timing and strength as well currently) has the 500mb forecast trending stronger In the NW CONUS right as our surface LP is coming off the EC.  If true the timing of the ridging is such that combined with the HP parked to the N, a pseudo 50/50 LP and the ridge going up instead of on its way down you get a trajectory NE and a track to the SE of LI somehwhere towards the BM.  NW of or SE of yet to be determined.   However if the timing of the ridge out west isnt modeled correctly then the track of the LP may flatten out and hence the more ENE track and miss to our SE.  
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Obv still a LOOOONNGGG way to go with this one, but getting the HP set up to the N is step one to the equation which is looking more and more likely. Flooding the area with warm is is becoming less and less likely.  Dont get me wrong the coastal plain may still rain or mix if LP track is tucked in, but overall this set up is leaps and bounds better than the last.  

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Hey Scott!

I posted this last night elsewhere in response to another poster questioning why I am not enthused with this setup, and it basically discusses my overarching ideas. Two additional things to counter you here, though: Without the presence of a 70/70 ridge, this works to establish a waveguide that is out of synch for a favorably located trough in the east, which is supported by a mean ridge axis that is OFF the west coast. Ideally, we want to see a well-developed poleward ridge axis over Boise, Idaho. Now, we will have a pseudo ridge, but this is already in the process of deamplifying and becoming positively tilted in response to a surge of momentum and energy streaming in from the Pacific. As this flattens, heights should begin to respond accordingly downstream by rising, in coordination with the below discussion.

I hope the below demonstrates my points well, and I agree that the setup is better, but just honestly don’t think it’s good enough and will end up to be too warm/west for us to really cash in on any substantial totals. I think those will be saved for folks north of 80-84 and west of 81. Regardless, it’s still worth tracking :p

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“In this image, I have a few different things quickly and approximately annotated just to try to demonstrate my broader points: our storm of interest is the red "L", our progged evolving surface high pressure (based on basic dynamics of H5, not surface maps) denoted by the two blue "H" enclosed by the blue circle, the outline of what is being referenced as a 50/50 low (which it's actually further northwest than we would like) as well as a second phasing trough, which is Monday's energy, a weakness in the North Atlantic ridging/void in the northern mid-latitude flow in purple, and an idealized surface high pressure in yellow (I'll get to the red arrow shortly). Just looking at these annotations and disregarding the rest of the hemisphere for a moment, you can see that our surface high pressure that initially starts to our northeast becomes contaminated with maritime polar air, thanks to Monday's energy allowing a secondary area of high pressure to slip off the East Coast ahead of the storm of interest. When you consider isallobaric and density components, this will begin imparting an effectual easterly "component" to the low-level and thermal flow, thereby moderating any true arctic component from the northern stream high. Secondly, because of the weakness that is created in response to the phasing of the displaced 50/50 low and Monday's energy beneath blocking that is a bit too far poleward, the phasing energies are forced to slip eastward beneath the block. As they do, they take our surface highs with them, and therefore, the proximity to our lone truly arctic low-level dome decreases as it shifts northeastward behind the departing phasing troughs. Then, as return flow increases in their wake, ridging begins to build behind them (red arrow).

Now, when you consider the rest of the hemispheric and tropical factors, such as the lack of a 70/70 ridge, a truly negative EPO/WPO(for this quick and dirty rebuttal I will consider them as neutral), a truly positive, and well oriented PNA (again, considering this as neutral), and unfavorable tropical forcings combined with anomalously warm Atlantic and Caribbean waters, to me we should see this overall pattern retract toward the pole a bit, thereby allowing everything to shift north (favorable confluence/low-level cold dome, 50/50 low, Atlantic ridge). As a result, then, it would stand to reason that a less favorable storm track and/or airmass becomes more likely than it appears right now in the modeling.

Again, I want to stress that these are quickly put together, general thoughts based on what I've been able to follow and the map in question, and my preliminary post highlighted my underlying uncertainties regarding the eventual outcome. But, this is how I am broadly looking at this.”

I freaking love it Ray.  Some really good stuff here.  And I follow along completely.  There is actually several points that you have forced me to re-examine because I had not thought of.  

At this point we are still too far out for me to look at individual model runs today(although IMBY loves the 12z GFS) and change my mind or further solidify my current thinking because there is simply still too much difference between GFS and Euro at H5 in some of the key features we are discussing.  Esp in regards to the PNA region.  

One aspect that I had not thought about is the HP building in the Atlantic leading to an easterly component just ahead of the system.  My thoughts on that are this.  While I will definetely agree there will be an easterly vector in the winds as a result of this I still believe the strongest vectors come from the NNE, N and NW and because so and because the cold air is already in place the sum of the vectors from the colder directions will over come, and LP to the north is still in "good enough" position to our north upon system sLP arrival, making it too difficult to scour out the dense cold air in place.  Its not like the HP is building NW off a stronger pressing WAR.  Its a HP building SE from an arctic/Polar HP.  A decently strong one at that.  Again this is the thoughts for now.  

I think we have our lines drawn for now.  lol  Lets see what trends occur over the next 24-24.  I love the discussion

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Post by algae888 on Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:32 pm

Euro OMG
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Post by heehaw453 on Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:34 pm

12Z Euro west coast ridge was more stout. Supported keeping the storm developing quicker and shutting down the mid-level warming. As a result most of this forum gets buried in snow. If the pacific ridge truly helps us this will be one to remember. The ingredients are there...

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Post by aiannone on Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:39 pm

@algae888 wrote:Euro OMG

Images? for mon and wed storm?
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Post by nutleyblizzard on Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:52 pm

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@algae888 wrote:Euro OMG

Images? for mon and wed storm?
Here ya go. This is for both Monday and Wednesday events.
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Post by algae888 on Fri Dec 11, 2020 2:02 pm

the Euro at H5 is simply gorgeous better PNA Ridge this run east based Nao with a potent 50/50 low and even some Davis Straits blocking. I feel confident we will get something from this storm we have a lot of wiggle room here with such a great H5 look
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Post by amugs on Fri Dec 11, 2020 2:18 pm

EPS says hello again - BL temps are cut off by the Driscoll bridge on this run


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Post by amugs on Fri Dec 11, 2020 2:27 pm

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EPS Nice placement of LP's
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Post by aiannone on Fri Dec 11, 2020 2:28 pm

EPS seems to be a bit warmer.
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Post by jmanley32 on Fri Dec 11, 2020 2:38 pm

@nutleyblizzard wrote:DECEMBER 16th 17th 2020 Snow Threat??? Sn10_a14
@aiannone wrote:
@algae888 wrote:Euro OMG

Images? for mon and wed storm?
Here ya go. This is for both Monday and Wednesday events.
How much is monday vs Wed and Thiurs? Still wow!! That is winter for real IF it happens. I am trying not to get my hopes up but these models are really looking good and in at least some sort of agreeement 6 days out for the midweek storm and 3 days out for monday. Love that we are tracking either way, I gotta keep a positive mind in terms of snow, I got much bigger things to worry about than complain about not getting snow (not getting into it here but in short COVID has kept me jobless since July).
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Post by jmanley32 on Fri Dec 11, 2020 2:42 pm

This does have a very close cut off for the coastal plain, even inland to say 287 in NY, would like to see the temps crash just a tad further south, even if not do we stand a chance on both storms? Which seems more likely for the coastal plan like Al and me, Scott etc. Or are we looking good for something at least?
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Post by crippo84 on Fri Dec 11, 2020 3:53 pm

@amugs wrote:DECEMBER 16th 17th 2020 Snow Threat??? Ecmwf-deterministic-nystate-instant_ptype_3hr-1607688000-1607947200-1607990400-40


EPS Nice placement of LP's
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This is the thread for the 16th / 17th storm. However the model runs here are for Monday's event.
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Post by Grselig on Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:46 pm

Interesting.

ous Weather Outlook
Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service New York NY
442 PM EST Fri Dec 11 2020

CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-122145-
Northern Fairfield-Northern New Haven-Northern Middlesex-
Northern New London-Southern Fairfield-Southern New Haven-
Southern Middlesex-Southern New London-Western Passaic-
Eastern Passaic-Hudson-Western Bergen-Eastern Bergen-Western Essex-
Eastern Essex-Western Union-Eastern Union-Orange-Putnam-Rockland-
Northern Westchester-Southern Westchester-New York (Manhattan)-Bronx-
Richmond (Staten Island)-Kings (Brooklyn)-Northwestern Suffolk-
Northeastern Suffolk-Southwestern Suffolk-Southeastern Suffolk-
Northern Queens-Northern Nassau-Southern Queens-Southern Nassau-
442 PM EST Fri Dec 11 2020

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for southern Connecticut,
northeast New Jersey and southeast New York.

.DAY ONE...Tonight.

Hazardous weather is not expected at this time.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Saturday through Thursday.

There is potential for a significant coastal storm Wednesday into
Wednesday Night bringing heavy snow and rain, strong winds, and
coastal flood impacts.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Spotter activation may be needed. Please safely report significant
weather conditions while following local, state, and CDC guidelines.

&&

This Hazardous Weather Outlook provides a summary of potential
widespread hazardous weather events that may reach NWS warning
criteria. Most long fused NWS watches, warnings, and advisories in
effect are highlighted.

Please refer to the latest NWS forecasts for weather not meeting NWS
warning criteria.
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Post by jmanley32 on Fri Dec 11, 2020 5:07 pm

@Grselig wrote:Interesting.

ous Weather Outlook
Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service New York NY
442 PM EST Fri Dec 11 2020

CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-122145-
Northern Fairfield-Northern New Haven-Northern Middlesex-
Northern New London-Southern Fairfield-Southern New Haven-
Southern Middlesex-Southern New London-Western Passaic-
Eastern Passaic-Hudson-Western Bergen-Eastern Bergen-Western Essex-
Eastern Essex-Western Union-Eastern Union-Orange-Putnam-Rockland-
Northern Westchester-Southern Westchester-New York (Manhattan)-Bronx-
Richmond (Staten Island)-Kings (Brooklyn)-Northwestern Suffolk-
Northeastern Suffolk-Southwestern Suffolk-Southeastern Suffolk-
Northern Queens-Northern Nassau-Southern Queens-Southern Nassau-
442 PM EST Fri Dec 11 2020

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for southern Connecticut,
northeast New Jersey and southeast New York.

.DAY ONE...Tonight.

Hazardous weather is not expected at this time.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Saturday through Thursday.

There is potential for a significant coastal storm Wednesday into
Wednesday Night bringing heavy snow and rain, strong winds, and
coastal flood impacts.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Spotter activation may be needed. Please safely report significant
weather conditions while following local, state, and CDC guidelines.

&&

This Hazardous Weather Outlook provides a summary of potential
widespread hazardous weather events that may reach NWS warning
criteria. Most long fused NWS watches, warnings, and advisories in
effect are highlighted.

Please refer to the latest NWS forecasts for weather not meeting NWS
warning criteria.
wow already, thats bold.
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Post by Irish on Fri Dec 11, 2020 5:11 pm

@jmanley32 wrote:
@Grselig wrote:Interesting.

ous Weather Outlook
Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service New York NY
442 PM EST Fri Dec 11 2020

CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-122145-
Northern Fairfield-Northern New Haven-Northern Middlesex-
Northern New London-Southern Fairfield-Southern New Haven-
Southern Middlesex-Southern New London-Western Passaic-
Eastern Passaic-Hudson-Western Bergen-Eastern Bergen-Western Essex-
Eastern Essex-Western Union-Eastern Union-Orange-Putnam-Rockland-
Northern Westchester-Southern Westchester-New York (Manhattan)-Bronx-
Richmond (Staten Island)-Kings (Brooklyn)-Northwestern Suffolk-
Northeastern Suffolk-Southwestern Suffolk-Southeastern Suffolk-
Northern Queens-Northern Nassau-Southern Queens-Southern Nassau-
442 PM EST Fri Dec 11 2020

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for southern Connecticut,
northeast New Jersey and southeast New York.

.DAY ONE...Tonight.

Hazardous weather is not expected at this time.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Saturday through Thursday.

There is potential for a significant coastal storm Wednesday into
Wednesday Night bringing heavy snow and rain, strong winds, and
coastal flood impacts.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

Spotter activation may be needed. Please safely report significant
weather conditions while following local, state, and CDC guidelines.

&&

This Hazardous Weather Outlook provides a summary of potential
widespread hazardous weather events that may reach NWS warning
criteria. Most long fused NWS watches, warnings, and advisories in
effect are highlighted.

Please refer to the latest NWS forecasts for weather not meeting NWS
warning criteria.
wow already, thats bold.

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Post by billg315 on Fri Dec 11, 2020 5:11 pm

Well as I said yesterday, it is rare anymore that there is agreement among the models but in this case there is largely agreement as to Wednesday (slight differences for this far out). It certainly seems that if the models don't take a left turn on us in the next 24-36 hours that this will go from something to keep an eye on, to something to start preparing for. Where the heaviest snow will fall is up in the air at this point, but I have a good feeling that at least some people on this board will be very happy Wednesday evening.
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Post by rb924119 on Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:17 pm

@sroc4 wrote:
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I’ve gotta be honest, and I’m sure this will incite riots, but unbiased opinion is that I am not impressed with this setup, and am banking on it either sliding to our south on account of a missed phase because of the secondary energy rocketing in from the Pacific, stringing out, but toppling what little transient PNA spike there will be (somebody mentioned this before, can’t recall whom, though), or, earlier phasing and it comes too far west with too much warm air to work with. Not sure which I favor yet, but I’ll have to do some more digging and revert. Either way, I strongly believe that this ends up to not be our storm.

Morning Ray.  I have to respectfully disagree with your rough analysis here.  I dont think we have to worry about a phase at all with this system for mid week.  It looks purely southern stream to me.  A southern stream system that will be running into a fresh polar air mass.  As is currently being modeled a mid 1030's HP will be parked to the north in the wake of the first system that passes just south of the region late Monday, or perhaps scrapes southern portions of this boards coverage area.  Def a diff set up than the one we just had.  

The system that we just had had zero cold air to work with.  HP to the N with that system was ragged at best in the 10 teens maybe.  The freezing line at the surface was way up on, or even just N or, the Canadian boarder as indicated by the  Orange line, 850's and 925mb levels were well N&W of the region as well, and the southern energy was much stronger as a cutoff low as it approached flooding the area with very warm temps from surface to mid levels ahead of the apprioaching surface Low.  It did phase with N energy but the cold air was too far away and our starting point was way too warm from surface to mid levels to overcome an actually favorable surface low, 850 and 500mb closed low track to bring temps down fast enough.  

Not the case in this set up.  As you can see the air mass on Tuesday, compliments of the early week system has surface temps from single digits to teens and 20's knocking on the door(black circle)with even most of the coastal plain starting in the mid to upper 30's.  More than cold enough, esp with the HP where it is to draw from a cold enough source region.  Meanwhile Tuesday ahead of the system the 925-850mb temps are well below freezing as the system approaches again compliments of our fresh injection of a polar air mass.  Not that Im looking at these details with any merit just yet but even dew points look great thus far in modeling out ahead of the system, not the case with the last one.

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In addition the first system seesm to create a kind of pseudo 50/50 low.  Combined with the PNA region out west its just enough to force the track no further west than a coastal hugger worst case scenario IMHO.  I can def see a swing and miss to the SE however if the cold air pushes to hard.  
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Reagrding the PNA ridge GFS trend forecast(euro is modeled very similar in its timing and strength as well currently) has the 500mb forecast trending stronger In the NW CONUS right as our surface LP is coming off the EC.  If true the timing of the ridging is such that combined with the HP parked to the N, a pseudo 50/50 LP and the ridge going up instead of on its way down you get a trajectory NE and a track to the SE of LI somehwhere towards the BM.  NW of or SE of yet to be determined.   However if the timing of the ridge out west isnt modeled correctly then the track of the LP may flatten out and hence the more ENE track and miss to our SE.  
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Obv still a LOOOONNGGG way to go with this one, but getting the HP set up to the N is step one to the equation which is looking more and more likely. Flooding the area with warm is is becoming less and less likely.  Dont get me wrong the coastal plain may still rain or mix if LP track is tucked in, but overall this set up is leaps and bounds better than the last.  

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Hey Scott!

I posted this last night elsewhere in response to another poster questioning why I am not enthused with this setup, and it basically discusses my overarching ideas. Two additional things to counter you here, though: Without the presence of a 70/70 ridge, this works to establish a waveguide that is out of synch for a favorably located trough in the east, which is supported by a mean ridge axis that is OFF the west coast. Ideally, we want to see a well-developed poleward ridge axis over Boise, Idaho. Now, we will have a pseudo ridge, but this is already in the process of deamplifying and becoming positively tilted in response to a surge of momentum and energy streaming in from the Pacific. As this flattens, heights should begin to respond accordingly downstream by rising, in coordination with the below discussion.

I hope the below demonstrates my points well, and I agree that the setup is better, but just honestly don’t think it’s good enough and will end up to be too warm/west for us to really cash in on any substantial totals. I think those will be saved for folks north of 80-84 and west of 81. Regardless, it’s still worth tracking :p

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“In this image, I have a few different things quickly and approximately annotated just to try to demonstrate my broader points: our storm of interest is the red "L", our progged evolving surface high pressure (based on basic dynamics of H5, not surface maps) denoted by the two blue "H" enclosed by the blue circle, the outline of what is being referenced as a 50/50 low (which it's actually further northwest than we would like) as well as a second phasing trough, which is Monday's energy, a weakness in the North Atlantic ridging/void in the northern mid-latitude flow in purple, and an idealized surface high pressure in yellow (I'll get to the red arrow shortly). Just looking at these annotations and disregarding the rest of the hemisphere for a moment, you can see that our surface high pressure that initially starts to our northeast becomes contaminated with maritime polar air, thanks to Monday's energy allowing a secondary area of high pressure to slip off the East Coast ahead of the storm of interest. When you consider isallobaric and density components, this will begin imparting an effectual easterly "component" to the low-level and thermal flow, thereby moderating any true arctic component from the northern stream high. Secondly, because of the weakness that is created in response to the phasing of the displaced 50/50 low and Monday's energy beneath blocking that is a bit too far poleward, the phasing energies are forced to slip eastward beneath the block. As they do, they take our surface highs with them, and therefore, the proximity to our lone truly arctic low-level dome decreases as it shifts northeastward behind the departing phasing troughs. Then, as return flow increases in their wake, ridging begins to build behind them (red arrow).

Now, when you consider the rest of the hemispheric and tropical factors, such as the lack of a 70/70 ridge, a truly negative EPO/WPO(for this quick and dirty rebuttal I will consider them as neutral), a truly positive, and well oriented PNA (again, considering this as neutral), and unfavorable tropical forcings combined with anomalously warm Atlantic and Caribbean waters, to me we should see this overall pattern retract toward the pole a bit, thereby allowing everything to shift north (favorable confluence/low-level cold dome, 50/50 low, Atlantic ridge). As a result, then, it would stand to reason that a less favorable storm track and/or airmass becomes more likely than it appears right now in the modeling.

Again, I want to stress that these are quickly put together, general thoughts based on what I've been able to follow and the map in question, and my preliminary post highlighted my underlying uncertainties regarding the eventual outcome. But, this is how I am broadly looking at this.”

I freaking love it Ray.  Some really good stuff here.  And I follow along completely.  There is actually several points that you have forced me to re-examine because I had not thought of.  

At this point we are still too far out for me to look at individual model runs today(although IMBY loves the 12z GFS) and change my mind or further solidify my current thinking because there is simply still too much difference between GFS and Euro at H5 in some of the key features we are discussing.  Esp in regards to the PNA region.  

One aspect that I had not thought about is the HP building in the Atlantic leading to an easterly component just ahead of the system.  My thoughts on that are this.  While I will definetely agree there will be an easterly vector in the winds as a result of this I still believe the strongest vectors come from the NNE, N and NW and because so and because the cold air is already in place the sum of the vectors from the colder directions will over come, and LP to the north is still in "good enough" position to our north upon system sLP arrival, making it too difficult to scour out the dense cold air in place.  Its not like the HP is building NW off a stronger pressing WAR.  Its a HP building SE from an arctic/Polar HP.  A decently strong one at that.  Again this is the thoughts for now.  

I think we have our lines drawn for now.  lol  Lets see what trends occur over the next 24-24.  I love the discussion

Thanks, Scott, and I must say that it's nice just to be able to have a civilized discussion with somebody, rather than just be mocked and dismissed like I have been repeatedly over on 33, in spite of coming out on top of multiple forecasts. Long story short, I'm done over there after this event. You can glean a lot of information over there, I'll admit, but the favoritism and group think has become terrible, and I now understand why Tom left (as well as others). So, that said, you'll probably be seeing more of me over here from now on haha Now, onto the meat and potatoes. I certainly see your point regarding the lower level high pressure/cold dome, and its valid. Essentially, you're banking on the blocking "50/50" (in quotes because it's not exact, as you alluded to with "good enough position") holding in long enough so that the northern stream high remains suppressed (with reference to latitudinal displacement) long enough to maintain the flow of true arctic air and overwhelm any influence from the Atlantic. And that is (I think), up to this point, the only point of divergence between us.

HOWEVER, I have noticed something else today in my musings and observations of today's suites, which I will now discuss (just renewed my AccuWeather Pro subscription, so like a shiny new toy, I'm just itching to use it haha). In my opinion, I think the models, ALL models, are focusing on the wrong low-level center, at least in the early stages of development, and actually think that we *should* see a re-emergence of the primary low holding on longer in future runs. This would fall in line with my previous discussion, and allow for a further northwest/warmer evolution. I was going to do a write up, but there's so much that I want to say, I figured a video would be better (will be posted separately once it's ready). I hope you all enjoy it!!


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Post by amugs on Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:05 pm

From a pro met: GFS is trending for more confluence will result in a stronger high over SE Canada and northern New England, causing stronger cold air damming ahead of the storm. The sharper trough coming out of the west will result in a stronger coastal. Both are great trends.

Wish it were Tuesday night instead of Friday

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Post by heehaw453 on Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:17 pm

0Z GFS just crushes the area. The west coast ridge looked good and I keep harping on that pinned high in Quebec. This 12/16 scenario has two things working for it. The antecedent air mass is cold and as the storm approaches you are not dealing with retreating cold air as often happens around here. You keep getting fresh cold air pumped into the area. Absolutely huge aspect of this. We shall see...



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Post by amugs on Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:33 pm

0Z CMC ups the Ante and just demolishes us with a N tilted LP, incredible 500mb with a 50/50 locking it in and slowing it down with added confluence. Again wish it were Tuesday night 0Z. 200mb jet is on roids

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Post by adamfitz1969 on Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:38 pm

Incredible runs on the GFS and CMC, astounding improvements on the confluence.

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Post by bobjohnsonforthehall on Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:56 pm



Yowza.

Likely too slow moving but...

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Post by jmanley32 on Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:58 pm

MOG it has been so long since I havew seen so much of the area including the coast and not on the very edge, that is so hot lol, Can I get excited yet? Or do I gotta wait till Tuesday. 12-20 inches IMBY verbatim, shoot I was hoping to see 6 inches all season, this would be a real test of my shoulder arthritis as I have not had to shovel in years, even half this would be amazing.
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Post by jmanley32 on Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:05 am

Anyone have a snow map of the 00z GFS? It seems tropical tidbits is having a issue with that parameter. CMC always overdoes things but it is very encouraging that we have so much general model agreement this far out.
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