U.S. Hazards Outlook - Made
Dec 26, 2014
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Valid Monday, December 29, 2014 to Friday, January 09, 2015
Summary of Forecasts and Hazards
US Hazards Outlook
NWS Climate Prediction Center College Park MD
EST December 26 2014Synopsis
: Cold arctic air is expected to
move southward across the Western and Central lower 48 states from the
beginning of the 3-7 day period into the middle of week-2 in association with
strong surface high pressure. Strong, southerly, onshore flow from the Gulf of
Alaska is anticipated to bring unsettled weather and warmer temperatures for
much of the southern half of Alaska. Hazards
Detailed Summary For
Monday December 29 - Friday January 02:
- Much below
normal temperatures across parts of the Great Plains and Rockies, Mon-Thu, Dec
- Freezing rain for west-central Texas, Tue-Wed, Dec 30-31.
- Heavy snow for the mountains in southern California, Wed-Thu, Dec 31-Jan 1.
- High winds for the south coast of Alaska, Mon, Dec 29.
- Heavy precipitation for parts of the South Coast of Alaska, including
Kodiak Island, Mon-Tue, Dec 29-30.
- High winds for the Aleutians and the west coast of Alaska, Tue-Wed, Dec
- High winds for the northern Plains and the Upper Mississippi Valley,
Wed-Thu, Dec 31-Jan 1.
- Much above normal temperatures across much of the southern half of mainland
Alaska, Mon-Wed, Dec 29-Dec 31.
- Freezing rain for parts of west-central Alaska, Mon-Tue Dec 29-30.
- Slight risk for much below normal temperatures across parts of the southern
Plains, southern Rockies, and Southwest, Sat-Sun, Jan 3-4.
- Moderate risk for much below normal temperatures for parts of the
Southwest, Sat-Sun, Jan 3-4.
- Flooding ongoing or likely for parts of southern Georgia, northern Florida,
and western Oregon, Mon-Tue, Dec 29-30.
- Severe drought for the Central and Southern Great Plains, Southwest,
Southeast, Lower Mississippi Valley, Pacific Northwest, Great Basin, and
This forecast period is expected
to begin with an amplified upper-level ridge in eastern Alaska and an amplified
trough digging down to the southwestern states. At the surface, high pressure
is expected to move down from western Canada to the southern Plains. As it
does, strong upslope flow could lead to localized heavy mountain snow in parts
of the central and southern Rockies. However, precipitation forecasts from
recent numerical models do not indicate the presence of enough moisture to
cause widespread hazardous snowfall totals. This area of high pressure is also
expected to bring much below normal temperatures from the Pacific Northwest to
Texas, with daily minimum temperature anomalies forecast up to 30 degrees below
normal from the 29th through January 1. In addition, moist flow off the Gulf
of Mexico riding on top of this cold air could set the stage for a period of
freezing rain for parts of west-central Texas.
The western shortwave trough is expected to cut off over the southwestern
states, while a progressive northern stream impacts the Great Lakes and New
England. The cut-off low is forecast to bring in Pacific moisture and with the
influx of moisture in the presence of cold air, heavy snow is possible in the
mountains in southern California from the 31st to the 1st of January. Snowfall
totals of 6-12 inches are possible in the higher terrain. In the northern
stream, an increasing pressure gradient due to the approach of a storm in
southeastern Canada is expected to lead to high winds for parts of the northern
Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley for the 31st and 1st, with winds of 20-30
The upper-level ridge in Alaska is expected to lead to a prolonged period
of strong southerly flow into the state. This will set the stage for heavy
precipitation along the southern coast from the 29th to the 30th, high winds
along the southern coast for the 29th and for the Aleutians and west coast from
the 30th to the 31st. In addition, the southerly winds will lead to most of
the state seeing much above normal temperatures. However, the hazard denoted
on the map is only for those locations expected to see daytime temperatures
near or above freezing. This situation could lead to warm, moist air moving
across cold, wet roads, which may lead to frosty, slick driving conditions.
Additionally, enough moisture is expected to lead to freezing rain for
west-central Alaska from the 29th through the 30th. For Saturday January 03 - Friday
The southwestern cut-off low is expected to still be present
at the beginning of this period. This low is forecast to lead to a slight risk
of much below normal temperatures for the central and southern Plains, Rockies
and Southwest with a moderate risk of much below normal temperatures centered
on Arizona and western New Mexico. In these states, daily minimum temperatures
going below freezing are possible.
The most recent U.S. drought monitor, released on December 24, indicates a
very slight decrease in the areal coverage of severe to exceptional drought (D2
to D4) from 17.27 to 17.18 percent across the continental
Forecaster: Kenneth Pelman
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