Observed Weather:

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.

Melita Forecast:

This extreme cold winter scenario was the consistent long range forecast provided by Melita Weather Associates (MWA) since late summer 2013.

NWS Forecast:

In contrast all other known weather providers reiterated seasonal to warm winter forecasts well into November before changing to progressively colder outlooks.

Analysis:

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.

The difference lies in decades of research MWA scientists conducted at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).  This research is the foundation of MWA’s ability  to accurately assess primary atmospheric processes affecting each season.

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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April 12 - Long Range Summary

Large scale pattern reversal and stagnation is directing reinforcing shots of unseasonably cold air (and late season snow) into the same regions of the north –central U.S. which have been warmest through the 1st half of spring. Model forecasts continue to increase magnitude of cold Canadian air focusing between the northern Rockies and Upper Midwest early this coming week to levels typical of early March; featuring high temperatures in the low-mid 30s, and overnight lows in the teens and 20s. Model forecasts generally agree the cold early week northern U.S. airmass (15°-20° below average) will settle more south than east while modifying (weakening), to focus into Texas and the Deep South at less than 10° below average intensity by the end of this workweek to predominate the 6-10 day period. Farther east predominance of overcast skies and intermittent rain signal less extreme cooling near seasonal temperatures starting early this week, which will still be very noticeable in the wake of past weekend early summer-like high temperatures in the mid-upper 70s observed across the Northeast. Moderately cold air is forecast to spread through the East in a more transient manner during the 11-15 day period as the current blocked pattern breaks down. Soon thereafter warm air expanding across the entire West during the next 10-days will quickly flood the Eastern U.S. by the end of April, to predominate May according to 30-day MWA ensemble forecasts.

 


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