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*UK Winter Forecast 2014 /15* Weather Prediction :) |

2015 Solar Activity, QBO, NAO, CFS, Roundup.

Ready for UK (And USA) Winter forecast 2014 atmospheric forecasts? So am I :)  *The next update will be released on the 1st of August., that update will have more certainty in it, and will be much more in – depth, so *please return then for a more detailed update on the 1st of August, thank you* :)

 *In this latest update, I take a preliminary look back at last year’s festive season, and importantly, see how I’ve done. I also look at the May Sea Surface temperature to suggest NAO for next UK winter :) .  

*Last year’s, I for the UK Winter 13-  2014, said, a predominantly cold with snow, and Northern blocking, being a dominant feature. This, was not the outcome. Infact, we experienced one of the mildest, wettest, and stormiest UK Winter’s for a long, long time (Or maybe safer to say the De Icing Cans and Snow Shovels have Gathered Dust since March 2013. Perhaps it was the El Nino and high solar activity that impacted the jet stream to deliver a serious jet streme to the UK. I have changed my long range forecasting technique, in the upcoming months I will be closely looking at the ENSO, PDO, solar and SST’s and will be using slightly less of the seasonal models for the 2014- 2015 season to see possible conditions/ temperature for the UK and Ireland  :).

http://www.skepticalscience.com/uk-winter-2013-14.htmlAn excellent article documenting the extraordinary stormy, wet, and mild conditions experienced in the previous festive period. Well, I’m glad that’s over,

The Caveats,

As Well As NAO Winter Forecast For The Upcoming Winter ( 2014 / 15 ) :) .

It’s incredibly early to even hint, on what the upcoming season could have in store for the UK, whether it’s cold, and very snowy, or the opposite, or a lull in any action. Due to the volatile And unpredictable element to the Atmosphere, which we “just haven’t” got to grips with fully, it’s always going to be very difficult to come up with a winter 2014/15  forecast, even in say, November :.)

NAO For The Upcoming 2015 Season (Next 5 Paragraphs), Here you will also find an explanation as to why the NAO is incredibly Uncertain, and Read on to find an Explanation of the NAO, and how the May SST’s Impact over the Festive, Traditionally Snow – Shovel and De Icer Using Season ;).

One of the things we do look at for a Winter forecast though, are the sea surface temperatures on the mid-Atlantic. This, is usually the first, very low confidence indication of Winter forecasting. – It runs off the idea that what we call a “tripole”, which is basically ribbons Of warm surface Sea temperature East of New York, across to The UK, cold SST’s, from around Florida to North Africa, and Warm again from around the Caribbean, to the Canary Islands. This “Tripole”, if found in the month of May, usually tries to repeat itself again in the Winter months in the same year. Now the “Big problem” we have here is, this pattern does not always lead to formation of blocking, and only around 60%, of the time, does this pattern Repeat Itself in the winter months ahead, for Europe and indeed the United Kingdom, in fact during 2009 may we saw no triple (similar to May 2014), yet 2009/10 was very cold & snowy, just hinting how uncertain this is when trying to forecast. Also, a positive NAO can bring cold conditions, for example during a Polar maritime flow, North Western areas of the UK & Ireland including Northern Ireland, Scotland can see potentially snowfall and cool conditions, although in the last couple of sentences I am not taking about winter weather 2014 UK, as it’s to far out to say anything reasonable about whether you’ll be preparing to use that De Icer or Snow Shovel This Winter  :)

Okay, So What Exactly Is The “North Atlantic Oscillaion”, In Layman’s Terms? :) .

Many of you have seen me talking about the “NAO” in my updates :.) But what Is it? Well, it stands for the “North Atlantic Oscillation”,  and is a measure of the index of the configuration of pressure across the North Atlantic: it is a fairly basic concept when studying Met :.) A negative NAO corresponds to lower pressure South of around 50′ North, than North o around 50′ North in the Atlantic (tthis is Northern blocking, which would mean cold, snow, blocking Winter UK & Europe. Although a positive NAO means higher pressure South of around 50′ North, and lower pressure South of 50′ North, so above average temperatures  :.) It is important to understand that the NAO is not a driver of our weather, it is merely a measure of the index of pressure in the North Atlantic :.) The negative NAO, doesn’t always mean cold for the UK. For example, a ridge may set up across the UK although across the North Atlantic, a negative NAO Set up is set up, meaning an overall negative NAO. This is why, it’s very tricky to work with the NAO, as a negatively signaled NAO may not always equate to cold weather in the UK, it can sometimes mean just cold weather for the North Atlantic, or mainland Europe. :.) Here is an example of a negative NAO, In Winter 2010/2011. Although as mentioned before, the NAO can be positive and Ireland, Scotland and Northern Ireland can actually experience Wintry conditions :) .

Extreme Negative NAO, December 2010. A Month of Severe Cold. Long Range Speculation, suggests an Average NAO (Cold/Mild) Incursions.

Severe negative NAO experienced in the month of December 2010.


And for this Very Reason, It’s a Very Limited, and Uncertain Viewpoint.

When Determining The UK Weather For Winter Forecast 2015 UK / 2014.. Let’s Have a Look At The May 2014 SST’s Anyway… :)

Why so uncertain of the NAO?

It’s very important to understand the uncertainty. And you’ve probably got bored reading this it’s very lengthy whether you’re at home or at the office I do apologise! As I say before, there are numerous caveats involved. This “signal”, doesn’t usually work, only around 65%, at most, of the time. For example, previous winters, have yield a great deal of cold weather, with a positive NAO signal from the May SST’s. Oppositely, a negative NAO signal for Winter from the SSTs, can actually lead Into a positive NAO Winter, for example, last Winter. That’s why, when forecast Winter 2014/15, it’s going to be very difficult to put a forecast together. Please join me in August, when I take a detailed view at the El Nino, PDO, solar activity, to try and come up with some sort of more insightful forecast. For now, I’ll leave you with the current SST’s from May of 2014. This is a positive NAO hint For Winter 2015, although please digest the Information which you have previously read on this blog :) . And although this update does favor mild conditions in the UK, interestingly, the Atmosphere has every capacity to go either way at this stage, please return in late July/ early August  for the next update, and see what the latest drivers have on impacting the conditions exprienced :)

ENSO Insert. – Impacts On Upcoming?

Weak Nino, and Weak Modoki?

ENSO - El Nino Pattern, probable during 2014/15.ENSO insert – The ENSO, (El Nino/Southern Oscillation), is something we closely look at to give impacts for the Winter. It’s links to UK weather are highly uncertain, and the science is new. What exactly is an El Nino? An El Nino is a time frame in which the sea off the Coast of Peru heading into the Central Pacific is warmer than average, and the La Nina is the exact opposite. Now, when coming to forecast 2014/15 winter for the United Kingdom, England etc, we have to look at the Atlantic to see how the El Nino impacts the Atlantic. Indeed, we will be in an El Nino phase until at least March 2015.  Just like all weather/science, it’s deeply uncertain as to how the El Nino relates to Winter weather in the UK, infact, it’s so uncertain there is little reason for me to write a blog on it! But, an El Nino usually leads to lower pressure or lower heights and increased heavy snow and cold for the East of the States, this usually  has the capacity to drives an increased jet stream into the Atlantic, and UK. So, perhaps an El Nino gives an increased chance of a mild winter ahead this / next year? Perhaps, although combined with an increasingly Neutral QBO (Quasi-biennial oscillation), this is an average winter hint, which leaves us, at the conclusion of a near normal type Winter for the UK. Of course, this far off it’s dreadfully uncertain, and I’ll have more updates in the future. Now of course a negative (Easterly) QBO, would equate to increased Siberian blocking, and an increased snow & cold risk for UK & Euro for UK Winter forecast 2014/ 2015. 

Solar Activity & Influences. 

Moderate Flare/Ray/Sunspots during this Year, and Next Year (2014/15).

Cycle latest look ahed prediction: Cycle 24 continues on rather moderate. Pointer towards Milder Festive season?

Solar Cycle prediction: cycle 24 continues on rather moderate activity. pointer towards milder festive season?

Now, solar activity, just like El Nino, and QBO, is a very uncertain factor. The reason it’s difficult for me to predict weather using solar activity is because the affects of unpredictable flares are uncertain, which makes Solar a very difficult technique, especially when studying Met. Piers Corbyn (of Weather Action), is one of the Solar world leaders, and understands these impacts. The fact that each factor makes up no more than 10% of this long range forecast, means the varying guidance given from each factor is often “true”, but when added to each other, make a highly uncertain outlook. For example, A + A + A = A, but A + B + A =? 2 A and 1 B (2 cold and 1 warm), which means, any forecast from this guidance would be uncertain either way. The Solar activity, latest for July 2014, is just finished peaking from cycle 24, and is currently, in moderate activity and will continue for 2015 year. This could mean increased Atlantic activity for UK for the upcoming Winter 2014 Forecast season. Here’s the latest solar activity & forecast for future years^.

Acknowledgements on this Blog:

: NOAA Sea Surface Temperatures. 

Wikipedia ENSO Chart, typical El Nino Pattern for Winter.

NASA Solar Cycle Prediction. 

WetterZentrale Archives.

Skeptical Science.com

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May SST's. Hinting At A Positive NAO. This Is Only The Beginning.

This year’s May SST’s. Hinting At A positive NAO. This is only the beginning for 2014, And is a weak signal :) .

Thank You for reading, don’t forget to join us in August,which will include the more detailed seasonal view :) .





This leaves us with some significant uncertainty for UK & Ireland, in the next update we will cover a lot more ground. To give you an idea we will be looking at the Met Office model, Long Range Brazilian, and 6 other Models, as well as the usual stuff and more. Thank you for reading. 

Recommended Long Range Winter forecasts from other Forecasters: Piers Corbyn Winter 2014-15 (Weather Action), AccuWeather, NetWeather, Met Office Winter 2014-15.

Now In terms of Winter Preparedness, and Using That winter shovel or de – icer, there was none of that in the previous one, but who knows what could happen this year ;)

10 Responses so far.

  1. jacob says:


    Exacta is indicating a very cold winter, do you concur ?

    Our business is substantially dependent on the winter season, so buying the right goods is crucial.

    Kind regards

  2. margaret says:

    I live up a rural hill a the top of scotland so any prediction for the winter forecast is vital as we dont get many gritters.Just me with my shovel!!

  3. Cam says:

    Its early october roughly,whens the next update? I love the cold so I dearly hope in the west midlands well get a bit of last years type snow

  4. Stihl says:

    Thanks for updates!

    Do you ever look back at historical records to search for repeating/predictive general weather patterns/cycles?
    25 etc

  5. Stihl says:

    By the way

    The compu-forecasts are notoriously inaccurate for a predicting Northerly/north easterly/easterly setup!

    The snowy/icy weather is upon us before they start stating it. Happens every time if you look out for it!

    Those flippin’ Siberian winds rip thru East Anglia!

  6. Looking forward to another cold winter

    We’re ready !!

  7. Have you got a twitter we can follow?

  8. Roderik says:

    Hello. What’s the temperature will be for winter?

  9. conor says:

    when is the next update

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