I am seeing that forecasts continue to enhance my much-anticipated suspicion that we will see a full collapse of the polar vortex, and this could be happening in the next two to three weeks.
We'll go image by image. This first image above is the Day 10 forecast of heights and temperatures. Areas of lower pressure are marked with the letter L, and are also shown with decreasing numbers closer to the center. Warmer temperatures are shown in warmer colors. We can clearly see that the polar vortex is nowhere near organization, a result of several sudden stratospheric warmings (SSW), an event that forces warm air into the stratosphere and increases chances for cold air about 2-4 weeks later. Typically, if we were to find a sturdy polar vortex, there would be a single low pressure vortice centered over the Arctic. However, in the above forecast image, we see three separate vortices of the polar vortex, none of which are close enough to the Arctic for me to determine that they are in control of said area. What I can determine is that the polar vortex is beginning its dramatic collapse that could bring a brutally cold February IF, and ONLY IF the atmospheric pattern cooperates.
If you saw the title of this post mentioning North America and Europe, you may be intrigued. However, if you look towards Greenland and then look east, you will see several arching formations. This signifies high pressure in the area, possibly leading to a negative NAO, which would then enhance cold weather over those areas.
yesterday's article here. The third vortice over Asia will provoke storm systems to begin making a rebound in the US after a recent dry spell over much of the nation, not helped by an ongoing drought in much of the Plains and Rockies.
I'm seeing good indications that the polar vortex is on its way down, and February should end up nice and cool to round out winter. Just how cold is TBD, but things are looking up.