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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August 13 - Long Range Summary
Record setting triple digit high temperatures observed in the Dakotas this past weekend are part of widespread above average heat across the majority of the northern half of the U.S. and nearly the entire West, which have characterized all of August to date and are forecast to predominate the next 10-days. Models are far less certain in precipitation details (and associated seasonably cool temperatures) generated by weak disturbances slowly moving between the central – southern Plains and the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys. However, rainfall observed in most of Texas has underperformed model predictions, and all latest guidance is faster to re-establish dry conditions and moderate warmth (mid-upper 90s) by midweek. While some precipitation may return to the Deep South next weekend (Aug 18-19) and intermittent Eastern rainfall will linger into the 6-10 day period, by the 11-15 day period more long range models are latching onto establishment of far more sustained dry and warm conditions across the Midwest, South and East in a midsummer-like pattern on track to predominate late August and most of not all of September.
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