Sunday, February 22, 2015

Second Round of Harsh Arctic Air Flowing Southward

The second round of intense cold air in under a week is on the way for millions in the Northern United States.

Tropical Tidbits
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The above image shows the latest GFS model forecast for Monday morning. On this chart, we see temperatures in the negative-teens across Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. The most intense cold is projected to hit northern Wisconsin and southwestern Michigan, but that doesn't take away from the cold in the other aforementioned areas.

Tropical Tidbits
The GEM model, with its notorious cold bias, agrees with the GFS model. Here, we see a swath of bone-chilling cold in southern Minnesota and Iowa, where temperatures are forecasted to approach -30 degrees. This is more than likely overdone, but the general trend of very cold temperatures similar to the GFS stands in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and even into the Dakotas.

Other model guidance, mainly the NAM model, is favoring a warmer solution than the two depicted above. It comes out to the GFS/GEM models and their ensembles, against the NAM/SREF models/ensembles. The National Weather Service appears to be favoring the NAM model / warmer forecast, even though morning observations in the Dakotas and Minnesota support a more GFS-like evolution. Regardless of what happens, another very cold morning is in store tomorrow.

To summarize:

- Another bout of harsh Arctic air is on the move south.
- Temperatures could drop into the negative-teens in some spots.
- Uncertainty still exists with how cold it will get.