07/30/2019, 10:07 am EDT

Record Negative Antarctic Oscillation Developing

Evolution of a super high latitude/high pressure blocking pattern is forecast to develop this weekend and next week in the southern hemisphere. The result is a negative Antarctic oscillation (-AAO) which goes “off the charts” to values near -6 according to some forecast models.
07/28/2019, 1:58 pm EDT

Polar Ice Cap is Shrinking Fast

The polar ice cap has constricted to 80% of the 1980-2010 climatology and rivals July 2012. The European heat wave has ended however the warmth shifts north and strikes Greenland this week accelerating ice melt.
07/26/2019, 10:28 am EDT

North Atlantic Tropics Starting To Look More Favorable

We now have 3 tropical waves in the outer tropical North Atlantic basin. Each tropical wave is located over 80-81F water which is marginally supportive for development. The upper shear axis stretches across the southern Caribbean Sea and northwest of the tropical waves. However, the shear axis is not particularly strong. Meanwhile upper shear is very light across the northern Caribbean Sea and Bahamas (where surface water is generally warmer than normal).
07/24/2019, 8:03 am EDT

The Stubborn Western Russia Trough

The most impressive upper level feature in the northern hemisphere since springtime has been the persistent and vigorous upper level cool and showery trough over Western Russia. Occasionally, upstream from the deep trough an amplified ridge forms to bring heat wave conditions to Europe centered on France. Otherwise the trough takes over and squashes heat and this time leads to wet weather over France next week after the torrid heat this week.