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Projected Winter 2006-2007 El Nino Impacts NOAA Oct. 19 Winter OutlookClick!
Projected Winter 2006-2007 El Nino Impacts
NOAA Oct. 19 Winter Outlook

NOAA Releases Updated Winter Outlook. El Niño Continues to Strengthen.
Weathernotes for Monday, October 30, 2006.
(Any updates will be found at the end of this discussion.)

NOAA released an updated Winter Outlook on October 19. The outlook is based on the most recent U.S. Seasonal Outlook, and takes into account expected impacts resulting from the developing El Niño.

Over the past three weeks the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) has dropped from about -8 to about -16 and another westerly windburst has occurred in the western equatorial Pacific. TAO/TRITON 5-Day Depth Averaged Temperature data shows two large areas of anomalies of 1.7 °C or more. All this suggests continued strengthening of the El Niño. Dr. Klaus Wolter's Multivariate ENSO Index (MEI) has increased more than 1.4 standard deviations in five months, and the value for September/October will likely continue this upward trend.

No El Niño impacts here yet, just great Autumn weather. NCEP's GFS, Ensemble Forecast Means and Probabilistic Precipitation Forecasts suggest the generally mild pattern should continue over the next 7-10 days, with varying degrees of low clouds and fog at the lower elevations. We'll see!

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GOES-11 Water Vapor Satellite Image 7:00 a.m. PDT 10/13/06.Click!
GOES-11 Water Vapor Satellite Image
7:00 a.m. PDT 10/13/06.

Chance of Showers. MEI Above Moderate El Niño threshold. Initial NOAA Winter Outlook Released.
Weathernotes for Friday, October 13, 2006.
(Any updates will be found at the end of this discussion.)

An upper level low that produced several inches of snow at South Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Mountain earlier this week is now located off the coast of Southern California and spinning bands of showers into the area.

So far, most of the precipitation has been north and west of the Los Angeles basin. According to the CNRFC Interactive Precipitation Map, in the six hour period ending at 10:00 a.m. stations in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern counties have recorded amounts varying from 0.02 inch at Oxnard, to 0.14 inch at Ojai, and 0.20 inch at Paso Robles. At 9:00 a.m. Intellicast radar showed a band of showers with possible embedded thunderstorms extending from southeast of Bakersfield to the Paso Robles area.

Depending on the track of the upper low, and several other factors, there should be a continuing chance of showers or thundershowers into Saturday. If the BUFKIT analysis of 12z ETA model proves correct, a chance of drizzle or light showers might extend into Sunday morning. The 12z ETA and GFS model projections suggest rainfall amounts ranging from about 0.05 inch to about 0.25 inch, with the 09z SREF indicating about 0.1 inch in the Los Angeles area. We'll see!

Dr. Klaus Wolter's Multivariate ENSO Index (MEI) for August/September increased to 0.892. This is an increase of more than 1.4 standard deviations in five months, and moves the MEI to just above the moderate El Niño threshold, as defined by the index.

NOAA released it's initial Winter Outlook on October 11. The outlook is based on the most recent U.S. Seasonal Outlook, issued September 21, and takes into account the developing El Niño.

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Intellicast Composite Radar 3:30 p.m. PDT 10/01/06Click!
Intellicast Composite Radar
3:30 p.m. PDT 10/01/06.

First Autumn Showers. NOAA Issues Unscheduled El Niño Advisory. TAO/TRITON Moorings Vandalized.
Weathernotes for Monday, October 2, 2006.
(Any updates will be found at the end of this discussion.)

The first widespread measurable rain of the 2006-2007 rain season moved into Southern California yesterday, and continued overnight. Some showers were briefly heavy -- indicative of the convective nature of the precipitation. Rainfall amounts around the area were generally around a 0.1 inch or less. As of 7:00 this morning, Simi Valley APCD recorded 0.21 inch and Thousand Oaks recorded 0.31 inches of rain.

In an unscheduled advisory, issued September 13, 2006, NOAA announced that El Niño conditions had developed in the tropical Pacific and could strengthen into a moderate event by winter. Some impacts of the El Niño have already been observed, and typical El Niño temperature and precipitation patterns are expected to develop in North America this winter. We'll see!

According to the TAO/TRITON web site, TAO moorings in the tropical Pacific east of 125°W have been vandalized and are scheduled for replacement in November 2006. The TAO/TRITON array is a major component of the ENSO Observing System.

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