01/09/2023, 7:57 pm EST

Argentina Drought Surging; Western U.S. Short and Long-term Drought Fading

Large regional soil moisture changes during Q4/2022 favored wetter (12) vs. drier (8) trends. The most prominent wetter change is across the Western U.S. and that wetter transition has accelerated in January. The most dramatic dry trend is across Argentina where drought intensified.
01/07/2023, 10:15 am EST

Eurasia Snow Cover 10th Least Snowy in December 2022; Last Week of December 4th Least Snowy

December 2022 ranked 21st least snowy in the 57-year climatology for the northern hemisphere. The observation is heavily biased by the 10th least snowy December on record for Eurasia. In Europe, the last week of December ranked 4th least snowy in the 57-year climatology trailing 1980, 2017 and 1974.
01/05/2023, 8:09 am EST

Record Warm Mediterranean Sea Helping to Inspire Warm Europe Climate!

During the past 10 years, a semi-permanent upper trough has set-up near or southeast of Greenland frequently compensated for by a downstream upper ridge over Europe. When that Europe ridge is present, the record warm Mediterranean Sea is helping to intensify the upper ridge pattern helping to explain the recent unusual early January warmth.
01/03/2023, 1:42 pm EST

A Cautionary Note to Natural Gas Traders as Arctic Air Can Return Quickly

The pre-Christmas 2022 arctic outbreak in the U.S. was caused by a sudden combination of stratospheric factors over the polar region and North America just-after mid-December. This type of arctic air catalyst can occur quickly and is difficult to forecast in the medium-range and certainly 3-6 weeks out. Suddenly, arctic air evolves fast in Northwest/West Russia the next 7-10 days expanding across Eurasia (although moderating) in the 11-15-day period. This type of an event can easily regenerate over North America the second half of winter.