It’s not going to be like this Aaaalllll summer, I promise.
The long range forecasts have been pretty consistent over the past week or so that our no-summer should only continue until August. At this point, there looks to be some real hope for August 1 long weekend, but I don’t want to go into specifics simply because it’s so way far out there right now.
There is also hope for an ‘Indian Summer’, meaning a pretty nice September/October/November period.
Brett Anderson has the first crack at that forecast here. The European models that he uses were pretty much bang on with the weather that we got out here for the summer. So it’s worth paying attention to.
I should also let you know that I’ve included a link to the current sea-surface temperature anomaly maps under the Weather Reports–>Marine section in the links here. Here is the map published July 18 (the “Full Global” shows our region best).
Notice the blue, cooler than normal water off our coast is still holding strong. That is the culprit for our cold weather. Also notice the El Nino waters down of the coast of Equador are showing some blue. THe latest El Nino advisory has this to say:
“tropical Pacific anomalies indicate ENSO-neutral conditions, but the atmospheric circulation continues to be characteristic of La Niña…. Forecasts from a majority of the ENSO models, indicate ENSO-neutral will continue into the Northern Hemisphere fall 2011 (three-month average in the Nino-3.4 index between –0.5oC and +0.5oC; Fig. 6). However, over the last couple of weeks, forecasts created by the NCEP Climate Forecast System (CFS) have begun to indicate the re-emergence of La Niña during Northern Hemisphere fall 2011 (Fig. 7).”
So at this point it looks like our weather patterns will continue to be La Nina dominated for the foreseeable future.