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ILStormwatcher
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The website listed is not my own, but I do post forecast as well as post about significant weather events there from time to time. The site is actually run by one of the St. Louis meteorologist from Fox 2, and is a fairly active community if anyone from the St. Louis, MO region wants to join.
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31 Jan 2017
It's only 141 days from the start of Summer, 121 if you start at Meteorological Summer (June 1st). This Summer has some significance at it could or at least was forecasted at one point that the sea ice in the Arctic would melt entirely for the first time. Seems like we're on pace to be at least close to that.

As for the Northern Hemisphere landmasses particularly North America, parts of Europe, and Russia it could be a very warm to hot one which may rival the notoriously hot and dry Summer of 2012. Looks like some similarities in the pattern are showing up. A mild winter across North America and a weakening La Nina going to ENSO (neutral) with a negative PNA which should shift to neutral to possibly positive by Summer's end. NAO/AO also should be trending positive to neutral. All of these things should help contribute to a very hot and in some place bone dry Summer. Tropics could be interesting however especially mid to late season despite the dissipating Nina.

On the USA looking for the heat dome to build across the Mississippi River Valley into the Ohio Valley with several strong to intense MCS traveling on it's perimeter into the Great Lakes down to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with some action across the northern Plains. Long range outlooks are out as to where the strongest drought if it develops will sit, but if one where to go with my ideas it would put Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri into Kansas south into Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma in the thick of it. In these regions several brief intense heatwaves or a few long duration heatwaves are possible with multiple 100+ degree days possible leading to a very high cooling demand along with water due to the heat and building flash drought. Southeast should come out wet from tropical activity and a few stalled backdoor fronts on the eastern side of the mean ridge. West could see some troughing action keeping a lid on temps there and depending on how active the eastern Pacific is; really help the Monsoon and provide at least localized continued drought relief. New England and the Pacific Northwest has a shot at facing a cool but damp Summer.

Also of major importance this Summer is the August 21st Total Solar Eclipse over parts of the lower 48 states namely Oregon to Missouri to South Carolina with a partial visible from most of the rest of North America. Hopefully the ridge dome is massive and strong during that time period so that everyone can catch a good view. Might be a tough one though as there is signs that the pattern could be shifting to a milder and wetter pattern towards the latter half of August into early September.
5 Feb 2016
La Nina building in, lackluster Winter in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley and snow in the Carolinas, shifting PDO to neutral to negative and positive AO/NAO trends so far herald a 2012 like Summer ahead especially for the heartland into the southern plains? Also will the tropics play a bigger role this Summer then last?
25 Dec 2014
Summer 2015 looks like it could go any way. It could be similar to 2014, but it also could go the other way and transform into a 2012 repeat. Only a few small but important features will be critical to how it turns out.

CFSv2 is leaning towards a hot and dry Summer for the Great Lakes and Midwest, while the south is wet and seasonable, if not slightly below average. Looks like California might also get some more gradual, but slow drought relief as the drought shifts to the mid and upper Mississippi River Valleys into the Great Lakes.

Tropical Activity is likely to be higher next year with the Nino in play, but still not expecting a block buster season. Looks like the Gulf and Caribbean might be colder then normal to start, while the east coast and eastern Atlantic is above normal which might brew some storms off the east coast early that head out to sea. Thinking the second half of the season will be more active with the potential for some landfalling systems, especially along the Gulf Coast, mainly Florida and possibly Louisiana. With a moderate risk of a storm impacting New England and the Carolina coast.

Anyone else have early thoughts of the coming Summer? Will it be a flamethrower Summer, or something more gentle and enjoyable? Discuss and post your outlooks here! Have fun and play nice! smile.gif
7 Jan 2013
With winter rapidly coming to a close and signs of a warming pattern emerging long range, its time to start laying some ideas about the upcoming Summer for the US and the Northern Hemisphere at large. Given last Summer's extreme heat and drought, and drought remaining an issue into the Winter of 2012-2013, my feeling is given the severity of the drought last year and looking a years with similar conditions it would appear that these 'extreme' drought years come in triplets, which would argue for yet another extremely hot and dry Summer and year in general. What are some other people's ideas on this, will the dust bowl like drought continue, or will relief arrive? Discuss and place your forecast and ideas here...
30 Dec 2012
Starting to take shape across Texas, Oklahoma, and southern Kansas.

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