A glance at the 2010-2011 winter for North America, including Alaska

By: Levi32 , 5:36 PM GMT on November 18, 2010

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The video today touches on the winter forecast for North America, giving emphasis to Alaska which gets ignored a lot :)

This is a "torpid" tidbit instead of a tropical tidbit. Most of the Atlantic tropical things have been removed from the blog now that we are shutting down the Atlantic for the winter, but southern hemisphere tropical events, especially the ones threatening land such as Australia, will likely get covered if they are significant.

We shall see what happens!

200mb Vertical Velocity (green areas represent upward motion associated with the MJO):

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8. Ossqss
8:10 PM GMT on November 19, 2010
Looks like we are finding snow in the oddest places this year :)

Keep up the good work.

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7. Levi32
6:24 PM GMT on November 19, 2010
That's pretty awesome LowerCal, thanks for sharing :)

Bassis - Yes it means less snow in general especially for the southeast. Places in northern New England may get above-normal snowfall though. This kind of pattern means that the battleground between cold and warm air is shifted into the northern plains and the Rockies, and thus the Great Lakes region and the northern U.S. will probably see an interesting winter.
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6. bassis
1:51 PM GMT on November 19, 2010
Does this scenario call for less snow on the east coast? Also how does this effect those nasty nor' easters New england gets. Does this pattern inhibit those cold core lows from forming
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5. NumberWise
2:41 AM GMT on November 19, 2010
Very interesting, Levi. I have followed your Tropical Tidbits and have learned a lot. I do hope you will continue with your "torpid" tidbits for our continuing education!

I hope school is going well for you. We enjoy the personal comments also.
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1:41 AM GMT on November 19, 2010
we have completed the update of the blog page to a full winter weather page with severe section as we come to the end of 2010 atlantic hurricane season two areas the NHC TWO and LSU sat images will be the final 2 sections till nov 30 7pm TWO the full tropical section will start to return to the page on april 15,2011 thanks for all who visited the tropical page over the summer and i hope to see you return next season.

drop by for a visit over the winter all info is self updating except model animations those i have to work on

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3. LowerCal
10:08 PM GMT on November 18, 2010
Thanks for the winter outlook, Levi.

Not wanting to ignore Alaska I'll let you know that this may be visible from your hometown.

Kodiak Minotaur IV Launch

Photo credit: Joe Davila

Mission: STP-S26 (Space Test Program Small launch vehicle mission 26)
Launch Vehicle: Minotaur IV
Launch from Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska (Google map)
November 20
0124-0254 GMT
November 19
8:24-9:54pm EST
5:24-6:54pm PST
4:24-5:54pm AKST (local time).

Launch status updates are at
Spaceflight Now | Tracking Station | Worldwide launch schedule.

More details appear on a launch blog at
Spaceflight Now | Minotaur Launch Report | Mission Status Center.
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2. superpete
6:15 PM GMT on November 18, 2010
Levi-Thanks for the interesting post.
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6:09 PM GMT on November 18, 2010
Thanks Levie
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