Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How things look to be heading for winter 2014-2015.

Here are some of the current conditions and the way things look to be unfolding at this time.
Teleconnections and sea ice:
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We've had some early season snowfall in the Rockies and Plains. In fact the northern Rockies will be seeing more today and tomorrow.  This is not abnormal ...the pattern is shifting to a fall one, with cold air draining in from Alaska and Canada.

There is warming going on across the equatorial pacific.  But we also have cooler SSTs in the southern hemisphere from the middle Pacific to the central South American Coast. 

The trade winds are falling off in the Pacific and the signs do point toward a  strengthen El Nino.  I do feel we will see El Nino declared sometime in October. 

An El Nino would strengthen the southern jet...which would allow more moisture move into the Northeast.

The PDO which involves the water south of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.  The SSTs here are very warm.  Temps are 5-7 degrees above normal south of Alaska.  Normally when we have a El Nino the SSTs off the Pacific Northwest are cooler.   We have a positive PDO when the SSTs south of Alaska off the Pacific Northwest are warmer than average.

This setup would indicate a strong ridge over the west coast , just like we saw last winter.  This would  funnel in cold air over the Eastern US.

SST's over the north Atlantic are showing a pattern that would support the idea of a negative NAO setting up this winter.... There are warm SSTs south of Green land , cooler water south of that, and warmer water over the tropical Atlantic .  This is called the Tripole method,  because it is based upon  a warm and cold  sea surface temperature anomalies occurring in a  particular pattern. Normally we see this pattern this time of year, we're going to see a - NAO.
But that's not set in stone, NAO, PNO EPO... all change weekly so we would will have to see how the trend goes. 

For October I think we're going to see cold outbreaks and  warm outbreaks throughout the month.

Pacific blocking which would induce cold air outbreaks from Alaska and the Northwest Territories for late fall and into the winter of 2014-2015.

Sea Ice:

Sea Ice extent is also pointing to a chance for a cooler winter . Arctic sea ice reached its minimum extent on September 17, 2014  (1.94 million square miles). The ice extent will now climb through the rest of autumn and winter. Though the extent of sea ice is higher than the record low of 2012, it's the sixth-lowest extent record since satellites started measuring the Artic in 1979. 

Normally, sea ice keeps heat energy from escaping the ocean and entering the atmosphere. When there’s less ice, more energy gets into the atmosphere and weakens the jet stream. The Polar Jet helps keep the cold polar air from wandering south. So as we saw last winter the cold air breaks off, allowing small pieces of the polar vortex to move south into the CONUS.


The way El Nino looks to be heading is weak to moderate...as I indicted in my last post on the ENSO ....I feel this will be a weak El Nino.... Along with the sea ice extent and possible seeing a negative NAO

Would further indicate the odds for a colder than average winter across New York State, Pennsylvania, Mid Atlantic, and western and southern New England...Northern Maine and New Hampshire look to see more in the way of average temperatures.    

Looking back  when we have a +PNA/-NAO ...Northeast winters are often cold with drier conditions....But when we have a weak El Nino winter precipitation is above average...... So if everything keeps going the direction it's heading ...we would see  an equal chance for average or slightly above average winter precipitation this winter.

This far out, winter outlooks are only marginally better than reading tea leaves . So this is only how things look at this time....... I will  release my official winter outlook late late October, So stay tuned.

Monday, September 22, 2014

New York State and its disservice to those with special needs.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, along with the state of New York is going to stop many of the programs, and curtail many others, in organizations like the ARC and DPAO. These organizations enable persons with disabilities and their families to have as fulfilling a life as possible. As, I've posted many times, those with special needs are very special. They are more caring and more human than all the rest of us.

This also means opening up the sheltered workshops to the entire community. Until now, these jobs only hired those with special needs....most of these jobs are simple and straightforward geared for those with special needs. These jobs bring those with special needs pride, contentment, and the idea that they too can contribute to society.

The Jobs will be given to so called normal people, the same people who could work anywhere they wanted.

The reason Albany has given for this severe cutback in services and employment opportunities, is they want the families of those with special needs to take care of them and not the state.... Which means, keep them away from the public eye and behind closed doors. Because that is what this all means, for many of the individuals in these programs this is the only life they have. They have no other employment or recreational opportunities available to them.

Most of the families of those with special needs are already stretched to the limit. Being the primary caretaker is an enormous responsibility and commitment; but it is one they step-up to everyday, without any complaint. Many of those with special needs live at home. But the state of mass transit, especially in rural areas, is a big issue. The lack of buses in rural areas, forces parents and caretakers to drive long distances, in order to get to medical, dental and other needed things. The State of New York, wants the families to take over the care; but what about the many with special needs who don't have a family, what about them? I guess they will just disappear and sit by the roadside of life.

I don't care if my tax dollars are spent on those who truly need the help. As is always the case, when the federal and state governments, balance their books it's on the backs of those who need help the most, those who are the most vulnerable, those who have nothing who are hit first and are impacted the most severely.

The State of New York is the most heavily taxed state in the United States. I see fraud waste and abuse of public tax dollars every day. More money is wasted in a week, than it takes to run these programs for a year. I want the government both at the federal and state level to be frugal with tax dollars. But I do want and expect my tax dollars to go to places where it is needed, especially when it comes to those with special needs. I don't know about you, but I want my tax dollars going to those who truly need the help; I don't want my tax dollars going to people who are able to work, but choose not to.

Please I beg you, if you feel as I do...please share this post..... I want everyone's eyes to see this injustice that is being done to people who are the most beautiful and compassionate... but who are also the most fragile and vulnerable people on the face of the Earth. An injustice that is being done in our name.