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I'm thinking out loud today so bare with me.
Over the last few days, I was playing around with the constructed analogs of similar winter years. Using a set of 6 best fit years and weighting them equally, I constructed a blend for each month starting in November and ending with February showing the upper level pattern across the North American Continent. The color colors show where the storm system would develop (Low pressure). The warmer colors show where High Pressure systems reside.
The first burst of colder air occurs in November, the pattern relaxes in December then reloads after the first of the year. Can you see how the southern jet stream becomes very active, dominant force in the second half of the winter. February shows the much higher frequency and strength of low pressure systems from the southwest. This indicates a higher propensity for wetter snows from northern Texas, northeast into the Mid Atlantic states and Ohio Valley similar to 2010.
UPPER AIR PRESSURE (500 mB)
Last winter's actual temperatures versus our Winter Outlook issued in October. Not bad.
(recap of last winter at this link) or 2013-14.
Will this strong El Nino have some central based signature tendencies? Maybe more eastern El Nino characteristics thus a warmer winter overall with little snow?
The Constructive Analog from Huug van den Dool's page on the CPC site shows the core of the ENSO warmth in the ENSO 3.4 region with a slow drift WEST toward the Dateline by late winter.
Will this verify? Only time will tell.
Many meteorologists in the private sector don't like using the Analog Method too literally because the probability of finding an exact match over such a large area is incredibly small. I get that. However, I have found that analogs give a glimpse into how the atmosphere responds to the various drivers in closely matched years. This group of "best fits" for this winter has stayed consistent over the last several months. Several notes: Analogs are only one of several tools that I use in assessing seasonal outlooks. El Nino is only one of the many factors that will play a role in our winter weather. I did not include any ENSO dynamic model guidance in this post. That is a story for another time.