Signs Point to Cold and Snow to Start December

11-17-2016

Latest Arctic Oscillation Index looks like it will plunge into the negatives heading into December. This would allow for a big trough over the East Coast, which in turn would mean much below normal temperatures (cold) and the potential for snow and east coast storms. This is generally what a negative AO means. The more negative the AO, the greater the cold will be.

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AO forecast index courtesy of NOAA

Another index to watch out for when dealing with east coast snow is the PNA. The more positive the PNA, the greater chances are for snow and cold in the East. The latest PNA forecast looks like it is in fact trending slightly positive into December.

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PNA forecast index courtesy of NOAA

All signs are currently pointing to cold and snow to start off December!

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Author: Michael Griffith

I have had a passion for the weather since a very young age and am a degreed meteorologist. I have a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master's from Plymouth State University. If you ever see me out and about in the Charlotte, NC area, be sure to say hi!

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