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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October 15 - Long Range Summary
Summerlike warmth which dominated the Midwest, East, and South during the 1st half of October is effectively over, except Florida where new heat records are likely this week. Winter-like cold air (20° below average or more) extending deep into the southern Plains (Texas) early week reaches the Northeast and mid Atlantic region midweek at less extreme intensity (5°-10° below average). While a 2nd reinforcing surge of seasonably cold air is forecast to focus more directly into the Great Lakes and Northeast by next weekend (Oct 20-21), all models agree above average warmth building across the West this week will spread into the same areas of the north-central U.S. and Canada which are currently coldest. The warmer consensus in government models virtually ensures the coming week of below average temperatures across the East and South is temporary, though full reversal back to above average warmth appears delayed to late in the 11-15 day period by precipitation. However, 30-day MWA ensemble forecasts which were 1st to sense eradication of arctic air from Canada re-establish widespread above average temperatures across the U.S. to dominate late fall.
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