First, let me introduce myself. My name is Rodney1974, and this is my first post I am making for the Farmers Alamnac Forum. Second, based on the other posts I have been reading in the past week or so, I am very concerned quite frankly that we may not have any winter this year in the Great Lakes at all. every time the meteorologists have promised a big cool down, it either gets postponed or it is short lived. Yes, I am indeed a snow lover.
Third, both Accuweather and Joe Batsardi from Weatherbell are predicting that in mid-late November, Chicago should turn much colder around here. Yet, lately, I have been looking at both the GFS ensembles and the ECMWF, and they continue to keep pushing back the cold time after time after time. Therefore, I am so scared that this upcoming winter of 2011-2012 could be a repeat of the winters of either 1999-2000 or 2001-2002, and we all know what these types of winters turned out to be. Reason being: both of those winters started out with unusually warm Novembers (akin to this one); they had either neutral or weak to moderate El Nino conditions, and the cold that was promised for both of those winters kept on being postponed all the way until either March or April in those years.
One thing I can hope to God for is to have Mother Nature produce a Greenland blocking Pattern so we can finally get some cold and snow around here. Otherwise, I am afraid to say that all is lost. Thank you and have a great day.