Long Range Dec Jan forecast 09

About this time of year we always get quite a few hits on old posts like this one from people looking for long range weather forecasts, so here’s the run down  from  Accuweather with  Brett’s predictions covering Christmas and New Years:


The mean pattern for the week of Dec. 21-27

–Stormy pattern southern Alaska.
–Above-normal precipitation over northern BC, but near normal over the south.
–Most of western Canada warmer than average.
–Pacific Northwest looks drier and milder.
–Fairly dry pattern from the Prairies to the northern Plains with temperatures slightly above normal.
Temperatures close to normal over eastern Canada. Precipitation below normal over Ontario and western Quebec.
–Unseasonably cold over the Southeast U.S. with above-normal precipitation.
Temperatures slightly below-normal over the Northeast U.S. and Maritimes, with precipitation close to normal.
–Temperatures and precipitation close to normal over Newfoundland.
–Chilly over the southern U.S. Plains.
Most of Europe looks unseasonably cold.

The week of Dec. 28- Jan. 3

–Temperatures and precipitation close to average in BC
–Still wet over SW and southern Alaska.
–Unseasonably mild across most of northern Canada and Greenland, especially northeastern Canada.
–Temperatures and precipitation near normal over the U.S. West Coast.
–Above-normal precipitation and below-normal temperatures from the southern Rockies through the southern Plains and into the Southeast, including Florida. Looks like a very wet pattern over the Southeast U.S.
–Temperatures and precipitation close to average from the Midwest U.S. through the Northeast, including southwestern Ontario.
–Drier and milder than normal over the rest of Ontario, most of Quebec and up into Newfoundland.
Deep freeze over northern Europe.

The week of Jan 4-10

–Stormy over southwestern Alaska.
–Dry pattern over most of western and northwestern Canada. Temperatures slightly above normal.
–Dry pattern over the Pacific Northwest.
–Near-normal rainfall and temperatures over California.
–Colder and stormier pattern from the southern Rockies through the southern Plains.
–Still unsettled over the Southeast U.S., but not as cold.
–Prairies look fairly dry, but there may be some clipper storms across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Temperatures close to normal.
–Temperatures look close to normal over the Midwest, most of Ontario and Quebec, including the Northeast U.S.
–Precipitation above-normal along the U.S. East Coast, near normal farther north and west.
Drier, but colder pattern over most of Atlantic Canada.

We also noted this comment and answer:

Grashoper:

Hay Bret, when do you think we will start seeing some REAL snow storms here in Nova Scotia?? (Halifax area)

Reply: Perhaps the week of the 21st.

Posted by Grashoper | December 12, 2009 5:25 AM

We’ve had it easy so far but it seems then that we may have snow for Christmas.

Meanwhile –Edmonton shatters cold record. At -46.1C, coldest city on the continent beats previous benchmark low by 10 degrees”

Brett commented: Temperatures have “recovered” to -33 C (-28F) in Edmonton early this afternoon. I see they reached -46 C (-51F) over the weekend. Ouch! Nice recovery in temps starting tomorrow and through the week.

But Monte mulled over the Edmonton chill and gets the last word:

We have lots of air, water, land and habitat issues to worry about that are a much greater threat to our future health and the beauty and richness of our planet than climate change.

I thought about this as I walked down the street in Edmonton the other day, a few blocks from the wild valley that contains the North Saskatchewan River. All the while, temperatures pushed the mercury to new record lows. I fancied that Mother Nature might be willing a cold snap into existence to remind the Copenhagen blowhards that she is still in charge.

As I chipped the block of ice from my nose, I couldn’t help but warmly reflect on the hours of hilarious hysteria that Al Gore has so generously shared with the people of Earth on behalf of the planet that he comes from.

As I considered the burning indignation of officials at the Climatic Research Unit in defending their fraudulent figures, warmth flooded my frostbitten fingers.

And it settled my mind to know that the science of climate change, riddled as it is with politics, power, money and fraud, remains like the climate itself, decidedly unsettled.

In that moment, frozen in time, I clearly saw that the Earth would now survive even the climate conference designed to save it.

Later: In Wolfville the local socialist set “braved frigid winds” to get emotional.

About 75 people braved frigid winds in Wolfville to attend a noon-hour climate vigil Dec. 12.

The winds were so strong, some of those on hand could barely hold onto their posters. While gathering, a circle naturally formed around a couple of lanterns.

Perhaps the posters read something like this banner seen in Copenhagen .

That’s what it is all about. Not the science at all. At least they are honest.

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