— JOHN BOLARIS (@JohnBolaris) November 12, 2013
Anyway, Bolaris being Bolaris predicts MAJOR SNOWSTORMS IN PHILADELPHIA AND THE TRI-STATE AREA MILK AND BREAD CHECK ON YOUR ELDERS:
With the exception of Superstorm Sandy, which many people don’t realize produced two feet of snow in the mountains, we’ve been basically in a snow drought – eight inches of snow last season, and only three inches the season before.
From my analysis, the winter of 2013-2014 is about to change dramatically. Not so much through the remainder of 2013, but the New Year will bring the onslaught of a wicked second half.
Before I get started let me remind you, long range forecasts are like ticking time bombs, they can blow up at anytime as the atmosphere can swing into unexpected modes. I know this: we are in an extreme weather cycle that will last through our lifetime and beyond. The globe is in a blow-torch state, with the warming of our oceans and atmosphere continuing to lead to unprecedented superstorms. Expansion and rising sea levels will ultimately lead to reconfigurations of our coast lines.
The biggest wild card is the possibility of a major-to-super storm that can dump a winter’s total (Philly averages around 20 inches of snow a winter) in one day. The odds of this happening have been increasing over the past two decades.
My estimated snow total for the winter of 2013-2014 is 30 to 40 inches if AO and NAO become strongly negative by mid-winter.
And, for right now, that is the way I see it.
What, you thought J-Bo was going to predict a mild winter in his first column as an online meteorologist? You crazy. Do shot.
Going forward: J-Bo will continue to serve as the unofficial CB weatherman by way of aggregation of his scary-grammared Tweets.