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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July 16 - Long Range Summary
The latest surge of noticeably hot and muggy air across the Midwest and Northeast persists until a pattern changing cold front drops both temperatures and humidity near seasonal midsummer levels by midweek. However, model forecasts continue to contract the core of greatest and most sustained cooling farther north and west from the Upper Midwest into the Ohio Valley, and even these regions are not consistently below average through the next 10-days. Development of wet conditions across the Southeast this week quickly re-establishes elevated humidity along the entire Eastern Seaboard, extending back into the Northeast by the start of the 6-10 day period which is a warmer signal favoring several degree above average overnight lows). Meanwhile triple digit heat building across nearly all of Texas early this week is forecast to warm further by Thursday reaching near record or record levels approaching 110° in northern areas of the State (including Dallas). This strong mid July heat in the central – southern Plains also extends to Southern California by next weekend (Jul 21-22) initiating another multiday extreme heatwave in coastal cities and adjacent areas including Los Angeles and Burbank. Most longer range forecasts effectively end cool conditions in the north-central U.S. during the final 5-days of July, setting the stage for return of coast to coast above average warmth to predominate the 1st half of August.
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