It is clear winter 2013/14 is well on track to verify as the coldest in 2 decades.
The final week of January will be even colder than its frigid start.
We have strong signals February will be at least moderately cold. February will also manifest a much stormier winter pattern coast to coast.
This extreme cold winter scenario was the consistent long range forecast provided by Melita Weather Associates (MWA) since late summer 2013.
In contrast all other known weather providers reiterated seasonal to warm winter forecasts well into November before changing to progressively colder outlooks.
One result of this colder than expected weather in the major population centers of the Eastern US has been the advance of commodities such as natural gas to levels unseen since 2010. While commodities forecasting is not our specialty, it is expected that continued cold weather will lead to a condition of lower natural gas volumes in storage as we move into the Summer cooling season. Clients of Melita Weather Associates have had this information months ahead of traders relying on traditional weather sources.
MWA atmospheric scientists have never missed a fundamental forecast regarding El Niño or La Niña development in 20 years of providing forecast services to the energy sector.
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December 10 - Long Range Summary
Cold air lingers for most of this workweek across the mid Atlantic region and much of the Southeast in the wake of the recent historic snowstorm. Additional precipitation is on the way to these same regions by the end of the workweek into next weekend (Dec 15-16), but strong warming to above average temperatures already underway across the majority of the Plains and Midwest will gradually expand into the East ensuring most late week precipitation will remain rain. Above average temperatures and more rain than snow across the Eastern half of the U.S. are part of a prolonged mild pattern by early winter standards which all recent model forecasts extend into late December. However, as government models with 2-week forecast horizons extend into the final week of December all latest runs are latching onto early stages of the next fundamental pattern shift re-establishing arctic air nearby in southern Canada. Government models appear to fast to dislodge arctic air into the U.S. as the 30-day MWA ensemble continues to delay onset of sustained below average temperatures to the 1st week of January. More importantly the long range model continues to indicate this as a highly stable cold pattern in which arctic air focuses more directly southward through the Great Lakes and Northeast to predominate mid-late January.
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