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What we do: We are making sub-seasonal forecasts for time periods of high probability of cold air outbreaks in Eurasia and North America 30-40 days in advance. We issue such forecasts on a weekly basis and this website is updated around Thursday each week.


New Feature: Maps of probability of cold surface temperature anomalies over both North America and Eurasia continents in the vicinity of forecasted stratospheric PULSE events























New Forecast Made on January 7:

STRAT_F1 (02/02 – 02/06)

The new stratospheric PULSE event, named as STRAT_F1, together with STRAT_F event, forms a cluster of PULSE events. STRAT_F1 is expected to occur right after STRAT_F between 02/02 to 02/06 with a peak on 02/03. Associated with STRAT_F1 are new round of cold air outbreaks over both continents.

Minor warming event (02/07 – 02/10)

We are forecasting a minor warming event to occur around 02/07 after the long-lasting cluster stratospheric PLUSE events (STRAT_F and STRAT_F1). This minor SSW event would cause a temporary relocation of the polar stratospheric vortex off the Arctic

STRAT_G (02/11 – 02/15)

The second stratospheric PULSE event that we are forecasting this week is named as STRAT_G. We consider STRAT_G as an “aftermath” event that occur after the minor stratospheric sudden warming event during the migration of the polar vortex back to the Arctic. We believe STRAT_G will bring below-normal temperature to both North America and Eurasia continents.

Follow up on Forecast Made in the Previous Weeks:

STRAT_D1 (12/24 – 12/31), first forecasted on 11/25 and later revised on 12/03, occurred in the range as we forecasted. STRAT_D1 turns out to be a three-peak cluster event and our forecast did successfully catch the first two peaks. The first peak of STRAT_D1 occurred on 12/26 and the second peak occurred on 12/30, both transported 0.6 trillion tons of air mass per day into the polar stratosphere. The third peak occurred on 01/03 with a strength of almost 0.8 trillion tons per day. As we forecasted, STRAT_D1 mainly affected North America rather than the mid-latitudes of Eurasia. The first two peaks of STRAT_D1 event were associated with the winter storm Fortis, which swept through the North American continent, causing below-normal temperature in the Western United States and bringing heavy snow to New England Area. The third peak of STRAT_D1 is associated with the winter storm Helena, which has already brought snow to the West and Midwest in the last few days, and will continue to bring snow and ice to the Southeast, causing travel to a standstill.

STRAT_E (01/08 – 01/13), first forecasted on 12/03, is happening now with the peak day on 01/11/2016. As we forecasted, STRAT_E is going to be a strong event, transporting nearly 1.2 trillion tons of air mass per day into the polar region. According to the CFS short-term forecasts of surface temperature anomalies, cold air outbreaks will take place mainly over the North American continent, while the cold temperature is confined within northern latitudes of the Eurasian continent, which is in good agreement with the map of probability of below-normal surface temperature presented several weeks ago.

STRAT_F (01/23 – 01/28), first forecasted on 12/10 with a 45-day lead. STRAT_F is still expected to occur on time. It looks to be the first two peaks of a three-peak strong cluster event with peak net mass transport into the polar stratosphere about 1.2 trillion tons per day. The third peak is forecasted this week as STRAT_F1. Most area of extratropical latitudes of Eurasia (north of 45°N) is expected to experience below-normal temperatures, while North America is anomalously warm at the early stage of STRAT_F. Followed is a remarkable drop in surface temperature over North American continent, especially the western coast, during the last week of January.

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