05/06/2018, 8:39 am EDT

A Snowy Cold Season 2017-18 for North America

The cold season 2017-18 northern hemisphere snow cover was well above normal thanks to a snowy mid-to-late winter (and early spring) in North America particularly Alaska where one of the snowiest winter seasons on record was observed according to the Rutgers University Global Snow Laboratory.
04/29/2018, 9:25 pm EDT

Global Climate: April 22-28, 2018

Last week the early season anomalous warm pattern across much of Europe continued! Strong warming was also common in parts of Eastern Asia and across the Southwest U.S. Drought Area.
04/24/2018, 2:52 pm EDT

Explaining The U.S. Super Cold April

The Madden Julian oscillation was unusually strong shifting from the equatorial East Pacific across the Atlantic during early-to-middle April causing a cold upper trough to form over central and eastern North America made colder by unusually abundant late season snow cover likely causing the coldest April on record for mid-spring.
04/19/2018, 5:33 pm EDT

U.S. Soil Moisture Outlook

Summer is approaching and soil moisture forecast confidence is lowering. The issue is whether southwest/central U.S. drought expands toward the Corn Belt which is not well supported by models and where the strong Southwest drought goes during summer? NOAA kills all drought areas except the Southwest. So…uncertainty for drought risk in U.S. for summertime but the trend is away from drought east of the Divide.