12/21/2023, 5:42 pm EST

Southern Half of U.S. Looks Colder/Stormy First Half of January

The latest week 2-4 forecast by ECM needs adjustments across the southern half of the U.S. for the first half of January as a potent storm track generates locally chilly air (and snowfall) while the very warm pattern retreats farther north than indicated by the model.
12/20/2023, 6:00 am EST

South America Pattern Change Focused on Brazil

A semi-permanent high-pressure system off the southeast cost of Brazil shifts eastward to Bolivia this week/weekend allowing wet weather to develop over East Brazil where the pattern of early meteorological summer has been dry. In the medium range, an upper trough forms off the East Coast of Brazil causing more heavy rain in this zone.
12/19/2023, 4:46 am EST

Identifying The Brazil Drought Trend

Deep layer (10-200 CM) soil moisture anomalies and their trend is an excellent “quick look” assessment of whether ongoing drought and drought potential is increasing or decreasing across the South America drought concern area in Brazil as meteorological summer 2023-24 has arrived.
12/14/2023, 2:10 pm EST

El Nino High Wind/Heavy Rain Event East U.S. SUN/MON

The upcoming storm for late weekend into early next week on the East Coast is an El Nino storm. Problems: 1.) Develops at a low latitude over very warm water therefore unusually low pressure (980-985 MB off Mid-Atlantic Coast) emerges; 2.) Unusually low pressure running into a high-pressure area southeast of Canada will create hurricane force wind gusts northeast and east of the storm center possibly affecting southern New England and Long Island; 3.) Because the storm was born over warm water, an unusual heavy rain is likely for the Northeast Corridor.