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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 Blog! I leave town and the snow melts, and now I return and just like that we pick up about a half inch of snow! If you are a snow lover I still think this month holds some promise, especially after this week.
One clipper system raced by early this morning, and now the focus is on a stronger clipper that will bring a chance of snow, but maybe more significant a push of much colder air. Below is the 500mb forecast map from the 12Z GFS for this Friday. This shows the trough digging in behind the clipper, which will likely lead to highs in the teens!
This trough is falling right into one of the favored long term longwave positions we discussed when the winter forecast was first issued.
Now let’s look back to the last time this part of the pattern occurred. As I mentioned around Christmas, I think our pattern is cycling around 46-52 days, but right now the duration has been about 50 days. Below is the 500mb map from November 18, or roughly 50 days ago.
All the features are present, and as expected the trough in the east is stronger now that we are in January. The upper low over southern California and the Baja is again present. Once the clippers slide through this week I think the potential exists for more storm systems as the pattern will get a little more active.
Now as promised, here is a little about my recent trip to southern California and the Rose Bowl. Of course the game didn’t go the way I hoped, but it was still nice to get away for a few days.
I was in the Los Angeles area for four days, 2 days it rained, and 2 days there was ‘cool’ sunshine. On one of the sunny days my wife and I stopped by the Santa Monica Pier. A beautiful setting on the Pacific with the hills/mountains in the distance.
On game day we really lucked out with the weather. It was the warmest day(about 60 degrees) of the trip and not a cloud in the sky for much of the day! We attended the official Badger tailgate before the game with about 10,000 other Badger fans! The cheese tent, yes a cheese tent with all kinds of different cheeses, had a great ice sculpture.
Inside the stadium it was probably 2/3 Badger fans. Our seats were around the 35 yard line, and across the field you can see where the red(WI fans) switches to purple(TCU fans).
Finally, 4 F-18’s flew over before kickoff of the game. I took this video with my phone. Make sure to change the resolution from 240p to 360p, it will be much clearer. Enjoy!
If you have any questions about the weather pattern ahead just post your thoughts to the comments section of the blog!
Have a great day!