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Very massive weather trend coming our way!!!

Discussion in 'Weather' started by NW Snow Removal, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. NW Snow Removal

    NW Snow Removal Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    Get Ready for this to affect the whole country starting in a few weeks!!!

    Currently, the strong El Nino is reaching its peak in the Eastern
    Pacific, and now finally appears to be exerting an influence on our
    weather. The strong jet has been apparent for quite some time out over the open water, but the persistent block had prevented it from reaching the coast. Now that the block has dissolved completely, a 200+ kt jet is barreling towards us. Multiple large and powerful storm systems are expected to slam into CA from the west and northwest over the coming two weeks, all riding this extremely powerful jet stream directly into the state.

    The jet will itself provide tremendous dynamic lift, in addition
    to directing numerous disturbances right at the state and supplying them with an ample oceanic moisture source. The jet will be at quite a low latitude over much of the Pacific, so these storms will be quite cold, at least initially.

    Very heavy rainfall and strong to potentially very strong winds will
    impact the lower elevations beginning late Sunday and continuing through at least the following Sunday. This will be the case for the entire state, from (and south of) the Mexican border all the way up to Oregon. Above 3000-4000 feet, precipitation will be all snow, and since temperatures will be unusually cold for a precipitation event of this magnitude, a truly prodigious amount of snowfall is likely to occur in the mountains, possibly measured in the tens of feet in the Sierra after it's all said and done. But there's a big and rather threatening caveat to that (discussed below).

    Individual storm events are going to be hard to time for at least few more days, since this jet is just about as powerful as they come (on this planet, anyway). Between this Sunday and the following Sunday, I expect categorical statewide rainfall totals in excess of 3-4 inches. That is likely to be a huge underestimate for most areas. Much of NorCal is likely to see 5-10 inches in the lowlands, with 10-20 inches in orographically-favored areas. Most of SoCal will see 3-6 inches at lower elevations, with perhaps triple that amount in favored areas.

    This is where things get even more interesting, though. The models are virtually unanimous in "reloading" the powerful jet stream and forming an additional persistent kink 2000-3000 miles to our southwest after next Sunday. This is a truly ominous pattern, because it implies the potential for a strong Pineapple-type connection to develop. Indeed, the 12z GFS now shows copious warm rains falling between days 12 and 16 across the entire state. Normally, such a scenario out beyond day seven would be dubious at best. Since the models are in such truly remarkable agreement, however, and because of the extremely high potential impact of such an event, it's worth mentioning now. Since there will be a massive volume of freshly-fallen snow (even at relatively low elevations between 3000-5000 feet), even a moderately warm storm event would cause very serious flooding. This situation will have to be monitored closely. Even if the tropical connection does not develop, expected rains in the coming 7-10 days will likely be sufficient to cause flooding in and of themselves (even in spite of dry antecedent conditions).

    In addition to very heavy precipitation, powerful winds may result from very steep pressure gradients associated with the large and deep low pressure centers expect ed to begin approaching the coast by early next week. Though it's not clear at the moment just how powerful these winds may be, there is certainly the potential for a widespread damaging wind event at some point, and the high Sierra peaks are likely to see gusts in the 100-200 mph range (since the 200kt jet at 200-300 mb will essentially run directly into the mountains at some point). The details of this will have to be hashed out as the event(s) draw closer.

    In short, the next 2-3 weeks (at least) are likely to be more active across California than any other 2-3 week period in recent memory. The potential exists for a dangerous flood scenario to arise at some point during this interval, especially with the possibility of a heavy rain-on-snow event during late week 2.

    In some parts of Southern California, a whole season's worth of rain could fall over the course of 5-10 days. This is likely to be a rather memorable event. Stay tuned.
  2. Matt400

    Matt400 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    So this is interesting as I am at 4500 feet northern CA and our 15 day forecast is for just rain on & off.
    Where did this info come from?
  3. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    so is it gonna snow in detroit, mi?
  4. NW Snow Removal

    NW Snow Removal Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    this came from our weather service and it should bring precipitation to the entire country the last 10 days of January and into a lion roaringxysport February.
  5. Matt400

    Matt400 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    I checked again, still no snow projected below 5000 feet but yes...lots of rain, should be interesting especially with the holiday traffic.

  6. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    how do you plow snow over 3'??? even if you did it at every 2", youd he plowing most lots 18 times if you could do that even. but when do you sleep?
  7. jomofo

    jomofo Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    You sleep when you're dead! We had a nice 4 footer last spring, and honestly, we were pretty relieved when it stopped snowing at about 9pm on day 3...

    I haven't seen any estimates for CO yet, but 10+ feet over 2 weeks has been estimated for the tahoe area... Hopefully the JS stays north and we all get whacked. :drinkup:
  8. Matt400

    Matt400 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Its storms like those that make me appreciate my contract plow yet I still may start doing my own next season..it could go either way.
  9. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    Predicting weather................

    I will never forget the quote from an 90 year old lady in Alaska back in the late 1970's as someone asked her what the weather was going to do and she says " Only fools and newcomers try to predict Alaskan weather and I have lived here for over 70 years"
  10. Matt400

    Matt400 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Currently its 40 deg, light drizzle at 4500 feet today. No snow.
    Maybe my thermometer will update-
  11. Matt400

    Matt400 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Bird feeder overloaded

    Just wanted to post an updated pic on what blew through, you guys are now getting it back east.