08/11/2019, 4:27 pm EDT

MJO More Favorable for Tropics Later August

Emergence of phase_1/phase_2 of the Madden Julian oscillation implies increased vertical motion and lowering upper level wind shear in the tropical North Atlantic (where tropical cyclones develop) and tropical Africa (where tropical waves which become Atlantic tropical cyclones develop). The MJO has anchored over Maritime Continent/West Pacific tropics recently certainly contributing to an increase in tropical cyclone activity. However, today’s ECMWF MJO forecast indicates MJO weakens over Maritime Continent and is likely to regenerate over the tropical North Atlantic/Africa in 2 weeks.
08/07/2019, 8:25 am EDT

Summary of 2019 North Atlantic Seasonal TC Forecasts

A summary of seasonal forecasts of North Atlantic basin tropical cyclone activity issued initially in April and updated in June and August by the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University, Tropical Storm Risk of U.K. and Climate Impact Company indicate each revision is slightly more active due to less inhibiting upper shear due to a weakening El Nino (compared to early forecasts) coupled with a warmer than normal North Atlantic basin especially just north of the tropics.
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.