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  1. Its not that it will body and soul move over the pole Its just that the kind of cold that is going on there could show up over the US for a few weeks in the heart of the winter as the blocking gets in place favorable for that to occur here The bathtub slosh idea is something that has been around for a long time in forecasting, Remember the 0 in NYC with no snow on the ground in the super Nino year? well guess what, do not be surprised if that kind of air with more staying power and with a snow cover shows up again this winter The planet is about .25C above average to open December, but alot of that is over polar regions tts another year of warming in the Arctic, but only in the coldest time of the year which points the finger at water vapor but take the Polar areas out, where life thrives, cold is dueling warm to a standstill The large scale sinking we counted on for the winter where it is is an ANTILOG to warmth. So we see the past 60 days looked like this Convection has exploded over the Indian ocean as we head to the warm phases of 3 and 4 but its having a tough time getting east GFS forecast shows the reversal starting in around 10 days, it may be fast But once we get back to sinking there, the resistance to the cold will capitulate, pressures will rise over northwest Canada where they are low the next 10 days, and the process that could take us into the very cold January we have should begin, We have been riding 2002 into the ground. and the milder period showed up mid December also after 60 days that look almost exactly like what we have looked like this year The 60 days that followed the mild spell , Jan 5 Mar 4 2003 I think once we start the sinking the clock will be ticking and with the stratwarm, we have going, the severity of what is going on in Asia is something that could repeat over NAMER in Jan and/or Feb There is a lot on the table with this winter So if you are missing the storm and you have a sinking feeling, remember when sinking takes over again in the Indian Ocean your spirits will rise cause temperatures will fall.. If that is what you want ( and we all do, let's face it, It's like Tom Petty Said in Dogs on the Run: Some of us are different, there's just something in the blood, There's no need for explanation, it's like Dogs on the Run) So far I like everything I see as far as the ideas we have had as to how this winter should go. Doesn't mean it has to come true, does mean that for me, the ideas we counted on are all there
  2. There are many wonderful sites out there for maps, and I certainly think we are one of them, But competition hones one's skills and so I am trying to make it my mission, along with Joe and Tom to show you things you may not be seeing by just clicking on maps and models. A reason to come to our site that may or may not be on other sites. Here is a neat little tool which we like to use here, ANTI-LOGGING The horrible winters of 2001, and 2011 ( if you are a snow and cold nut) are highlighted here as anti logs that have worked very well so far in October and November, Almost so well, that one is tempted to say, well just used them 2001,2011 antilog is looking great so far Lets look a the SST in Oct of those years Now notce that SST configuration and watch the winter JFM MJO those years In 2001-2002 Winter came, or tried to, for a time in January and got beaten back. You can see the MJO much of the time in non cold phases The centering looks to be in the lower right quad, We like lower left for winter JFM 12 there was an amplified tour into cold phases, 8/1/2 but 15 days there vs the rest of the time away took its toll This year it is almost the opposite Here are the October 2001,2011 temps This year was opposite Now here are the Novembers in those years This year ( last 30 days) Now if this is too hold December of those years looked like this The winters Flip the color scale so you can see what it would look like Dec DJF Will the antilog hold? I think it deserves at least input into the winter idea ( it has it) and so, so far its making a strong case through November for consideration. In any case, this is something that may not be out there that I like to show from time to time so you can see what is going on behind the scenes
  3. You know when you feel a sense of gratitude for people who you know you can't do without and that is you. You are willing to sit and share things with them, And so i do that from time to time, Its Sunday morning, so this is not your standard meteorological musing Right or wrong, I wear my heart on my sleeve and say what I believe. A lot of people loved Muhammed Ali. But being the son of an Italian that grew up on Federal Hill in Providence, , next to hurricanes, Rocky Marciano was probably what I heard about most as a kid, I kind of think my dad wanted one of us to be a boxer cause we had a speed bag and a heavy bag in our garage when we moved to Jersey and given our financial situation , it must have been pretty important to Dad to have those in there for his kids, You know that never hit me till I was older. We have a heavy bag downstairs now cause Jessie, my daughter, likes to go down that and hit it. So it's in the blood. But the one thing I did not like about boxing was that getting hit in the head hurt.. alot. And I dont have much of a chin, We would have these Friday night fights in the house where my brother and I would lace up the gloves and blast dad. Only he would never let us get a shot in. Said you had to knock out the champ ha ha. But he would just play tap us, but I remember trying to unload shots and he would block them with his arms, AND IT HURT MY HANDS I knew then it was not for me. My Uncle Fred would let us unload on him so that was fun. He would stick his tongue out and let us blast him. Side note: David Paterno, who I am friends with, told me before PSU football got so big his dad could not be around, Friday night fights were a staple in his house, and the same thing was heard, you gotta knock out the champ. I Couldn't box but I liked to wrestle so I went there, Side note 2: Eddie Sulkowski, who was an Olympic Boxing coach was our trainer, I can remember him at 60 or so slapping me silly in practice when we were slap boxing, Just absolutely lightning fast. He would come into practice and ask which one of you butterballs wanna box me, No one would so I decided I would, I should have figured out that if guys a lot tougher didn't want to slap box with Eddie I shouldn't be, but how fast can a 60-year-old guy be? Side note 3: I was down in Florida when I was between jobs, First time since I was 14 I was actually not working, I was having a tough time even thinking about it, My dad grabbed me and reminded me he raised me to be a fighter ( even if it was not in boxing) and playfully hit me with an undercut and it half knocked my wind out. Even then years after Friday night fights, it reminded me not boxing was a wise decision for me, Point is I loved boxing, But over the years, of all the great boxers one of my favorites has to be Larry Holmes, Cause he added a part of my philosophy about the weather, with what he felt about Joe Louis Larry Holmes had a tough act to follow in Ali. Everyone did, I was more a Joe Frazier guy but later after reading a lot about Ali realized that the man was driven by things bigger than him, This quote sums up what adversity is about and why God gives it to you "....Joe Frazier, I'll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I'm gonna tell ya, that's one helluva man, and God bless him." A lot of people don't know about that kind of humility that is essential in reaching a pinnacle, Larry Holmes stayed in his hometown and gave back to his community after he was done, he did not fly off here and there but instead tried to help out Easton the best he could. But in his Commodore Inn, Is where I learned a lesson from a guy I never met, In the lobby, he had a picture of all the champions with their name under the picture and the years they were champ. But the picture of Joe Louis did not have his name, So I went to the front desk and asked the guy, why Joe Louis didn't have a nameplate The answer: Larry says the champ needs no introduction I thought wow, Sort of what my dad said to me once if you got to tell someone your good at something you can't be that good at it, But I started thinking, that's the way the weather is, THE WEATHER STANDS ON ITS OWN IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE HYPED, The sheer magnitude of what it does and what it can do means you don't need to hype it, Just forecast it, that's good enough. Now here is where this gets real personal, I have a reputation for hyping things, And for trying to get attention, I will tell you this, for years I was bodybuilding to get attention, I wanted to be bigger and more ripped than everyone. I knew the only way to do that, was to compete, And I had to do it on my terms, with what I have not what things from the outside could give me, Hence I never competed over 176 lbs even at 5'10 Over the years once I won, it changed, I would walk around in sweatshirts and never short sleeves anymore, Fact is once I won, everything changed cause I realized that it wasn't winning, IT WAS WHAT IT TOOK TO WIN AND THAT LESSON that was the real value, Then later, as I started getting smaller, it got to another level, where I realized it was never mine in the first place and just a gift, which sadly I did not use the way I should have, but gladly still learned the real lesson, Cause when its all done, the only thing left is the lesson learned and the character earned, And for me the ultimate question is a spiritual one, did it bring you closer to the good lord above. At the late stages of the journey, yes. But I realize that if I trained with the attitude I have now at 63, I probably would have been even better before, Higher standard now as it is in many cases when your windows close and you need to really focus on where true strength lies. Interesting you can take that lesson and apply it to what you are still able to grow in, See what I mean one lesson leads to the bigger one But my point is that I KNOW WHAT I AM DOING TO SIMPLY GET ATTENTION Why because I have done it for 30 years, And its not my motivation in the weather. Its opposite, I try to be an instrument to elevate the weather, not let the weather be an instrument to elevate me. I can tell you that from the bottom of my heart. All that stuff you see in me is cause I get so fired up out of gratitude and love, that I get real excited, But in doing one thing to get attention for a trophy and winning and with what I do here, it is 2 completely different motivations. I cant do anything about what someone might think about me, but I can tell the truth. And its likely that its my fault that has not shown, but I can try to make sure it does going forward. Bottom Line: The WEATHER LIKE JOE LOUIS NEES NO INTRODUCTION ( HYPE) and like Larry Holmes, I have tried to stay home with what made me who I am and what I do, out of gratitude. When I was young, I always thought the way to go was to get on TV someplace and turn into a local hero, preferably in Philadelphia, Thank God for unanswered prayers So when there is hyping and what looks to be promoting, its because you see me with one foot in the city of man ( where I make a living) and one foot in the city of God ( the spiritual aspect which says the only thing that is important is What can I give back to God for the blessings he has poured out on me) That is not a good place ,because you can get torn apart. But I want to say this. My philosophy has evolved into 5 big points to compete 1) Embrace adversity The weather is a constant relentless opponent who you can never assume you have mastered, It is always your master, you must fight to measure up. NEVER ASSUME YOU ARE RIGHT BECAUSE THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING YOU FELL SHORT IN, And look at those things you fell short in as ways to measure up to the next test 2) Check your EGO, Ego to me stands for Edge God Out, You don't have to believe in god to know whether and nature are bigger than you, You can compare yourself to other people all you want, or flame this guy or that guy or whatever people do in these fights but guess what, stare into the empty pit of eternity and the weather of the past present and future and you will have your EGO checked pretty quickly 3) Love your opponent be it a model another forecast idea, whatever. Example: I thank god for the CFSV2 because in trying to counter its ideas, it leads to the very questions I need to answer. Even now the abysmal fall performance does not give me carte blanche to assume its wrong for winter. Why? because the error, though I believe it is systemic and always present, could be because of seasonal variation problems, My point it is its leading to constant vigilance, While I put on our model, I watch most closely what the CFSV2 is up to 4) Do this because you want to do, If you love it and you were made to do it, that's why you do it, I have a saying when people ask me about my company. "The Weatherbell Advantage is the WHY before the WHAT". That is straight from Dr John Cahir at PSU, Back in those days it was 3-5 days out, but now its 3-5 months and beyond, But this is what God made me to do, so by golly, I am going to do it hard, Not only that I am going to become a 5) Meteorological Mongoose I am always hunting for the King Cobra Snake in the pattern, Cause that's what I do, Its what I was made to do. The risk is higher but then again from the immortal Andrea Bocelli : Solo rischiando tu vivrai. Only by risking do you live Of course, such ideas mean that in awe of nature and natures God you are naturally skeptical of anything man does to impact that, But then again that may be a weakness I need to constantly examine, But my philosophy is such that if I can say something before and then it happens it proves my point. This year the major events that have lead to climate change attribution comments have all been called here before with natural drivers shown well in advance 1) In the large sense, the el Nino returning and the reasons 2) the wildfires 3)The Hot summer 4) The high impact areas for hurricane and in shorter terms on the order of a week to 10 days, identifying the pattern that would produce the 4 landfalling hits, Florence hit weaker than I thought but right where it was forecasted to 8 days out, On Michael, weatherbell was way out in front with the pattern to bring it because we were looking for that for our winter ideas and some of the research we have on MJO in late season and the winter and tropical cyclones 5)This storm of late brought out some angst in me, You saw our ideas and our posts. When people started saying no one saw it, I snapped a bit and made sure in social media it was known that in this case, my company should not be lumped in. I have mixed emotions about all this, On the one hand, I think truthfully like all the events above, it sets us up to simply refer to our forecasts when Climate people come along and blame co2, and b) gives us an opportunity to show what I believe my state mission is, THE WHY BEFORE THE WHAT. And I owe it to the people that have faith in me that invested in this company to try to get us ahead, When you are us, the forecast and the result is everything, Its not about clickbait or how many people come to your site with a kajillion pop up ads, If I don't bring merit and when I do no one knows about it, what good is that? How do I get my message out in what I think I was made to do, On the other hand My dads words, if you have to tell someone you are good at something, you can't be that good at it, which is an earthly fathers way of saying what my heavenly father is saying, that you work in my arena, leaves me a standard that says do what you were made to do, and whoever sees it be happy about it, and don't go stirring up trouble by calling out politicoes for their ignorance of who said what BEFORE ( There I did it again) So what is my conclusion, From my heart to yours, it has been will always be about the weather, If I say something its cause its weather first, if I get fired up its not to get hits its cause I think the weather is going to deliver hits, I would have loved to be Rocky Marciano but I am more Larry Holmes, I am grateful and blessed to be in this field, but I have to stay home and do what I was made to do, I occasionally stray and I know it sounds boastful, but I am motivated to get our story out if we added value, And above all, like the great Joe Louis needed no introduction ( yeah I know Rocky knocked him out late in his career) The weather needs no introduction ( hype) Only one thing, unlike Joe Louis who got knocked out by Rocky Marciano, the weather, if you think you are Marciano and going to go unbeaten the weather is going to knock you out. My next bust may be right around the corner and I am grateful for any forecast that was good, because it could be the last one I was good on. When you look at the weather that way, its easy to see why those 5 rules above are golden And now, its time to head to church I am not allowed to pray for snow as I vowed after that prayer was answered Christmas eve 1978 in Rhode Island in another thumping un-forecasted storm, I would never pray for snow, BUT YOU CAN, HAVE AT IT! Be as a little child ha ha
  4. You all know about how I think there is a linkage between tropical activity and the North American winter when there are exceptional events that stand out as possible signaling mechanisms. Last year, taking High Atlantic ACE vs west Pac low ace, we came up with 5 analogs 1933,1950,1995,2005,2010 it gave us a remarkable 5-month forecast! analogs same period 2017-2018 Seriously, you can't make that up Well, this year's tinkering is like this: 5 years are used in the sample The key to the sample is Major Impact storm After Oct 1, or Impact storm in November 1950 ( King) 1985 ( Kate) 1995 (Opal) 2002 ( Lili) 2009 (Ida) are the years qualified We do not have the MJO for 1950, but the December turned out like this This was not an el nino year nor was 1985 which had Kate in the gulf and then a cat 2 hit in November MJO rotation We see the MJO come out of warm November phases into the null phase then finally move into colder phases. I pointed out with last years MJO correlation that what is apparently needed for these cold attacks is a lot of cold hanging around in North American while the MJO is in the warm phases for the US, then when the warm phases come off the attack occurs The cold was hanging around in Nov 1985 while the MJO was waltzing through the warm phases 1995 the year of Opal had this December MJO 7/8 are cold phases in December 2002 had Lili and was an el Nino year. December was warm in much of the nation but cold in the east MJO You can see it left the colder phases later in December. There was no strong phase signal that year for Lili 2009 had Ida in November MJO Nice rotation through cold phases in December. The December blend of all the months The winter What about Sandy? December 2012 was a blow torch. We got into the Hurricane phases to set up Sandy, but we were in the warm phases for December SST though in the NE Pacific and west of Australia were opposite this year in spite of a favorable look in the tropical Pacific near and east of the Dateline, The very warm water off the east coast had to help feedback also. Of course that winter eventually kicked in big time but late Jan Feb Mar But Sandy was not in the Sample because I am specifically using west of 80 west one may also argue that Jerry in 1989 is a sample, the furthest west hitting October hurricane in 50 years excellent MJO signal for December cold That winter went south Jan and Feb though and for good reason, look at the MJO But the 5 samples I am most focused on with MJO relationships are all pointing to cold Decembers and cold winters, This is certainly not THEE the main determinant of our long-standing winter idea, after all in August there was nothing that said there had to be Michael in October, but it is another piece in the puzzle for us, As you know Joe has been doing the work with the Pioneer models, and I play with hurricanes among other things, I think all the things we do, which have not been out there and we are doing behind the scenes to try to up our level ( tinkering in our workshops), have merit, but as always, The "Weighting" is the hardest part... trying to determine which has the most value, In any case weather lovers are a playful bunch, and I like to show what I have been playing with trying to come up with ideas All this leaves us with a winter forecast that has gone from this in August To this in October which is arguably a bit colder Snow ( of course 1st to last flake) You know its interesting. Eisenhower had this quote when he left office Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers. The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite. Think of guys like me and Joe D'Aleo as solitary inventors, tinkering in our shop and our mutterings on these matters as us simply opening our shop doors for anyone with open minds and open hearts to take a look at ( which means you need a lobotomy and a cardiac procedure,. Then again to quote the great Tom Waits: I would rather have a bottle in front of me, then a frontal lobotomy (ha ha thats funny I don't care who you are)
  5. I LOVE this 200 mb VV pattern, this is what we were looking for That is an ANTILOG to a warm winter, says we likely will not spend alot for time in the warm phases of the MJO and in fact is opposite Convection in the eastern Indian Ocean is something that should be banned from Winter weather patterns ha ha The response is right in line Dec Jan Feb Winter The JMA has gone to the Pioneer and Euro in the Pacific while maintaining the cold look in the east, From last AUGUST the Pioneer model had a similar look, D'Aleo at 500 mb has weaponized weather methodology, I think the responding cold will show this year like it did last year, and in the cold winters of 13-14,14-15 IMO this supports strongly the Weatherbell.com long-standing cold stormy winter idea, but the model was seeing it in August, Its even more bullish now given we are getting closer No question the SOI method from previous winter worked for the El Nino from Aug 7 winter outlook and the link to the cold South American Summer/October ACE method looks like it has merit for at least a normal December if not the kind of cold overall that would imply we are evolving into it now
  6. I will speak on my forecast ideas Positive: The Ace burst for the first 15 days of September was jumped on Aug 23. Saw Gordon a week before, and this coming back from Sept 1/2. Track and landfall first to be displayed Sept 5. Tightening of the eyewall analyzed well coming to the coast You have seen those maps a dozen times, and yesterday glory wont help you today. Negative, Not figuring out the drying, plus distortion aspect of competitive banding away from storm ( actually shows why I want to seed these, anything that disrupts the storm will weaken the wind)The drying aspect may have been due to the change of the overall pattern in the tropical Atlantic away from bullish to bearish as far as development. I did not think that would be something to worry about in a well-developed storm over the water, away from the center, This upward motion tool is something I think that is of great use and so when storms are heading toward it intensity forecast should be more bearish. Once the center gets disrupted, then the outer bands which are not disrupted can act as a detriment to convergence near the center, ANYTHING that takes the focus away from the core of a powerful storm will weaken it, These are physical considerations, have nothing to do with co2. As the storm approached a cup shape coast convergence was forced to be focused more on the core so the eye tightened, The gust at Wilmington to 105 leads me to believe that other guests from directions from off the water on the beach likely lead to higher gusts there. To put the storm's wind in perspective, this beat Hazel and Donna, 2 majors that passed very close to the city, It did not beat the most underrated hurricane on record IMO Helene 930 mb south of Cape Fear in 1958, That storm did not even go ashore and Willmington gusted to 135. Which of course casts major doubts about attribution to the man of this storm, given it was a mid-range cat 3 pressure storm ( it wound up a 2.5 at landfall on my power and impact scale) Given the pressure and the wind of Helene, for instance, she was a 4.5 when south of Cape Fear. Conversely, people scoffing at this storm and its place in history that agree with me on AGW, are also suspect in their ideas of downplaying the reality, You see how ugly this has gotten? The real problem of the forecast and result now has become a shiny penny for agendas that have nothing to do with objective evaluations, End game of the storm on my part mimicked my ping pong nickname, Joe Collapso ( I once blew a 14 point lead to my wife in ping pong) I bought the Euro but failed to remember the lesson of Matthew, when I did not bite on the euro eastward path that was part of its collapsing of the ridge off the northeast coast too much, So I thought the trough replacing the ridge to the EAST of the storm would allow for the storm to move back over the water, Also I made an error on convergence considerations of the southwest moving storm! I posted on this yesterday, while a storm parallelling the coast moving up the coast would naturally try to stay offshore due to convergence near the coast from air moving quickly over water, slowing over land, in this case, ITS THE OPPOSITE and the radar showing the rain dying near the coast in the path of the storm revealed that. Again think about this. When air accelerates AWAY from a point, what is going on over the point as part of the vertical velocity? Think about why easterlies in the tropics when stronger west of an area means more sinking over that area ( large scale) Well the wind over land is slowed down by frictional effects when coming from the northwest as a storm is moving at you. But over the water its faster. So where is the sinking? Just offshore opposite of where convergence would try to keep the storm in the first place. Consequently though out front with the threat and landfall, Air that accelerates away from a point has to be replaced by air sinking from above at that point Summation:My end game was a blunder I did not think about why the storm would spread out and ignored the developing unfavorable pattern for development that is spreading into the basin as a whole for a week to 10 days .2) I forgot something I had noted in Matthew for one and the euro killing ridges too much, for two I did not think about the reverse effect of storms that stay just offshore because of considerations. I did not have the vision to think about that, but only learned through correction, That being said these are all part of tools I can use when faced again with this, The primary tool will be the large-scale upward motion ideas, as they are when to push for or against development. One remembers their scars as they are always visible if you wish to avoid getting them again. Perhaps the reason I did not remember Matthew was because I was right on not buying the euro then, which again argues for the value of being wrong in the longer term, you learn more if it means something to you Finally, arrogance that set in last Saturday, I posted on this saying I was already having post-competition depression because everyone would jump on this now and my "job" was done. How foolish is that, Nothing is ever done, I violated my own rule of where you stand today is because of what happened yesterday to get you to reach for tomorrow. The lack of humility in the face of something like this, thinking there was no more challenge ( how foolish is that) because of my reasoning is a big lesson not only in the weather, but other matters I am concerned with on a higher plane, One reaps what they sew. You may notice here much more attention to the errors made, I am sure there are ommissions and for those readings, you should feel free to note the ones I missed. But in the end, from wherever you stand, the rules to compete ring loud and clear 1) Embrace adversity... the challenges will make you better, 2) Check your ego ( obviously a problem with me thinking this was a done deal) 3) Love your opponent Be it the weather, another person, by seeing things OPPOSITE of what you believe, you are challenged and get stronger, No one gets stronger doing something less than what can challenge them, 4) Do it because you want to and love it, Well I love this and want to do it, Its the greatest blessing I ever had One may say that there are things to be proud of. Well, the devil got thrown out of heaven over pride. if you believe like me, Therefore for me to continue to reach beyond my grasp, I must improve things that were not on target. By doing so I will be stronger for the next challenge, and then weaknesses there will lead me to getting even stronger if those 4 rules are embraced. A mans reach must exceed his grasp or what's a heaven for, You see the creation teaches spiritual aspects but I guess it depends on the eyes you are looking with, BTW I dont think this is over,( hurricane season) There should be another ACE burst Sept 22-Oct 10 are my approximate dates, Interestingly enough our first idea on the season in that aspect may wind up being the best, Another lesson to be learned Peace out
  7. This should ring a Weatherbell since it looks like our forecast, From the JMA with love I have no problem with this Hokey Smokey This looks Like a Modoki Mail out the warnings
  8. This is excerpted from a Weatherbell.com Post with examples of something for my Commercial Clients. The Title is from a Talking Heads Song, (Psycho Killer) Which may or may not apply ha ha I made a comment yesterday saying there is not much more I can add on Florence because there isn't I expect our forecast to be right, or close enough that I am not making wild swings, I said last week that I would wait till Wednesday if I was going to make any big changes. I think I have been as extreme as can be from a distance. And so if other forecasts say the same thing, what else more can I say, The fact is the forecast is for the worst disaster on record to hit the Carolinas. Besides, the Raging Weatherbull is the real outlet for this, But I want to show you something, this is what I am talking about, Look at this tropical update for clients on August 26th, how long it is. Because I am setting all this up, so before its happening, there is a lot to explain if you are setting up something to happen At the time this was written the tropics were "quiet" August 26, 2018, 6:00 p.m. Atlantic will grow more active this week. It should be very active next week and the week after. Above average activity in September is on the table. Right now it is still rather quiet. Cloud shot: The eastern Atlantic is simmering a little, though. Total precipitable water: It is become more humid farther to the north. Dust is still robust, but farther to the north now and not all the way down to 10°N in the eastern Atlantic. The MJO is getting more active. Activity in the western Pacific will shut down and the focus of the action this week will be in the eastern Pacific, with two or three storms. Hawaii could be threatened again but not from Miriam. The point is the MJO on the GEFS and now even the Euro is on the move: When we look at the JMA I showed you Thursday, this week is still inactive: During Week 2 we see the blue getting into the western Gulf of Mexico: Last year, this kind of pattern was what we saw in the hyperactive part of September: Last year the second week of September: That was a one week forecast right in front of the period, but the point is if we track low level vorticity on the Euro we can see the first feature that will bring enhanced rain from the northeastern Caribbean into the Gulf of Mexico this week: This grows as it comes westward to the western Gulf in Days 8-10, along with other areas that will enhance with time. Day 2 vorticity: By Day 4 it's in the islands: Day 6 Bahamas: Meanwhile, a piece is breaking off the Atlantic trough with a wave enhancing in the central Atlantic and a stronger wave coming off Africa. Day 8: Day 10: There are 5 features of interest from South Texas to Africa. I have seen this before in quiet seasons. There have been 2-3 week bursts and then it becomes quiet again. While nothing appears to develop rapidly, given the nature of El Niño seasons and the forecasted upward motion patterns, it may be that as features get closer to the U.S. problems will develop. A year like this does favor features trying to recurve more quickly if they develop in the first place. My fear in the longer term is slower developing features that get pretty far to the west and then develop. Given the overall pattern over North America with heat and ridging displaced abnormally far to the north in the East for the next 10 days, I would say that we will have to be on our toes. This week will be like a pot starting to simmer. I do think it will start to boil next week, and for a while the lid could bust off. So this Thursday's JMA will be quite interesting, but the shutting down of the western Pacific and the focus in the eastern Pacific now means something may be afoot, though still several days off. So you can see how long it is, But now look at this morning Much shorter, If there was just Florence, it would be a paragraph long, But the point is that once the wheels are in motion, all you do is oil them, The machine is running September 10, 2018, 7:15 a.m. 10 Days from Hell in Tropics. Florence landfall intensity may rival Hugo/Hazel (benchmark storms in Carolinas) Disastrous rains (Euro now has the 3-4 feet I alluded to over the weekend). Tropical storm hit on Texas Coast late week from western Caribbean feature. Isaac will move into the Caribbean as a hurricane but may fall apart. Helene will recurve but may lingers in the eastern Atlantic. Non-tropical origin storm may develop next weekend off the Eastern Seaboard and pull Florence back in. The 3-week frenzy should end after September 20, with only 1 or 2 storms, if that, for the rest of the season. A big westerly burst is developing in the Pacific, seen in the SOI: Cloud shot: We starting setting this up in late August, so there is no need to rehash the diagnosis of what is going on now. The map is in order of importance for the U.S. Florence There is not much more to say than what we have said. The hit may be as strong as Hugo or Hazel, the two strongest ever to hit the Carolinas. It will wander into the southern Appalachians and stall. The combination of the intensity and rainfall means this is likely to be the most costly storm in the Carolina's history. The Euro has the 3-4 feet of rain now on it. Florence may wind up getting pulled back out in a complex situation with feature #4 (white) where a non-tropical origin storm may develop and become tropical over that warm water in 6-10 days. Western Gulf (Yellow) I am bullish on development in the western Gulf of Mexico. I don't think it can get to a hurricane, but if not for Florence, this would be a big deal. Expect 2-3 days of disruption and a slowdown as it comes ashore. Rainfall of 10-20 inches can occur on the coast. Like with Gordon's evolution for the Gulf a couple of weeks ago, I am more aggressive on development, as this one is coming away from what is the developing sinking zone in the Caribbean. Isaac (Magenta) This should still be a hurricane when it reaches the islands, but the combination of developing sinking in the Caribbean and the proximity with Hispañola may do it in after that. It may wind up being pulled northward into the mish-mosh of what will go on off the Southeast Coast. Helene (Green) This will stay well out, but it may perform a giant loop. It's the last of the African waves. Much shorter So its not like I am just going to sleep, But if I am sitting in a certain position and have said certain things, why should I then react because all you know what is breaking loose with other entities picking up on what we have been saying for a week? Right? I did make a comment about Drudge basically copying something that went out at 7 am from me yesterday ( with the 3-4 feet of rain and the worst in Carolina history) because it was odd that it was almost exactly the same 12 hours later. Garrett actually told me about it, I really don't pay much attention to other weather sources as its hard enough to deal with the weather, Look at this: that was issued in the morning then look at drudge that evening, Interesting But I think I can do a better job talking to you on the raging weatherbull on the tropics. Quite frankly the biggest forecast challenge METEOROLOGICALLY is Texas, for I have taken a stand on a tropical storm hit there later in the week, Unless the GFS is scoring some unreal coup the euro wins again and so the map from Sept 5th for landfall and the idea from the 2cnd for what we see now, well that was making a forecast, The real forecast problem now to me is Texas, The FORECAST part in the Carolinas is honing in, Texas is a development and how much situation, If no Florence then it would be a big headache. So independent of Florence it already is. I was moping around the house Saturday and Jess asked me what was wrong, I wasn't being cocky ( far from it) I said I thought the forecast part of Florence, landfall, and intensity was done, . At 63 I love the weather and am fascinated by it, but the why BEFORE, the what each day gets bigger to me, And each day the admonition of Dr John Cahir as to what a forecaster is supposed to be about, the why before the what, grows bigger to me. So that looks like its done, the big ridge, the warm water, the GFS model bias and the result is bringing the storm to where I am bringing it and if I am going to change it appreciably it wont be will Wednesday. So the main idea here remains the same, Its highly likely that the worst natural disaster on record is going to occur centered in the Carolinas. In terms of total damage, it could be a top 3 storm cause of the flooding, as that's a huge aspect and flooding, is what Katrina ( though from levies breaking) and Harvey over the top
  9. This is inspired by some things I am seeing on twitter, Again we have to remember how hurricanes work, The weaker the feature, the less it will weaken because its weak to being with. But a powerful system, a different story, it will weaken rapidly as it moves inland. If this is as strong as I think when it hits and moves inland as far as modeling has, it will weaken 30-50 mb in 24 hours. Why?, Well the reason it got so strong in the first place is because of perfect conditions. What happens when those conditions are cut out from under its feet. Say goodbye There is no reason for it to stay strong once it moves away from the water, It will be like any other hurricane that is in a strong ridge going inland, for ins,tance lets take Carla Sept 15 1961 It went in at 934 mb within 24 hours its up at 994. The pressure of the storm where it is, is a function of what the conditions can support. So here is the call, If this goes in at 940 mb and 24 hours later its more than 100 miles inland it will fill 40-50 mb. It has no reason to stay that strong, Its in a ridge and once the processes that are driving it get cut ( it goes inland) it will fill fast, Its not going to be moving fast. If it can keep our path relatively close to Chesapeake bay perhaps its still a minimal hurricane. But this is going to fill quickly Look , we have to remember these are giant heat engines. I have often used the analogy of a 150 lb person ( a weak storm) with a 1500 calorie intake, If overall conditions improve, it can actually go inland a bit and still maintain itself. But think of a well-developed hurricane, let's say the equal of a 250 lb man on 3000 calories a day, What happens when its cut to 1500 calories? The fact is what may sustain a weaker storm may be a big detriment to a big storm, If this goes in at 1000mb chances are a day later its only filled 5 mb, But if its going in and progressing inland around a ridge, its no different than if a Carla or Rita was hitting, Think how much they filled in 24 hours. This needs perfect conditions, its going to get them, and I have made no secret of my belief, since Sept 2cnd a major hurricane is coming to the east coast, But the stronger this is, the faster it will fill going inland, Remember these other storms, Hugo Fran etc, were moving fast so they got well inland within 24 hours. This is going to move slower but will fill, in relation to time inland just as fast, if it goes up into the interior which I think is likely, our analogs have this as a hit on the NC coast, but the physical reasons for rapid rise in pressure are all there, as the stronger the storm is, the more it will fill Remember Irma filled some 20 mb just brushing the north coast of Cuba in 6 hours.. That is how perfect things must be to stay strong. The most devastating track would be hit and then up Chesapeake bay or even north, but again with the warm water and usual model bias, which I have counted on for where we have had it for 3 days, Its more likely I think for me to adjust more southwest than north with this Wed am forecast for next Wed Thur am forecast ahd it inland and already down to a 2 by Thursday evening Todays forecast interestingly enough, the weaker it is, the less it will fill. In other words, it may fill from 940 to 990 in 24 hours after landfall, It it hit at 960, it might only be to 995. 980 only to 1000 mb etc Remember Hugo which stayed a hurricane till the western Carolinas moved quite fast, This will not be doing that. So Major hit yes, and very high damage and flood potential, but its highly unlikely a slow moving storm getting inland will not fill rapidly given the slow movement, The modeling looks right on that ( again that is assuming the path is not along the coast, in which case the filling is slower)
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  11. The intersection between meteorology and climate is often because of what I think is a weaponization of the weather to push an agenda unrelated to the problem that is really at hand... the forecast. A classic example is the well-telegraphed heat in the western US, set up beforehand by trusting the MEI analog of 2006 to rule the front part of summer, Right now I am trusting one of my analogs, ( 2006 is one also, but it had been the strongest MEI analog) 2002, to take over for a while, The 60 day cycle trends are coming to an end now, as the pattern driving all this has changed quite a bit, But the point is we saw it, said it, and when it happened, boom gets what gets blamed? . What is disingenuous to me is that there are things we have to look at that are more important, but I never seen anyone say boo about them. Since the winter of 2017 I have been on a kick to push the idea that the tools we use are being affected by the state of the planet, how warm, where its warm, the trend of warming or cooler, etc. It does not matter what made it warm, you all know my ideas on that, But I am now real-time battle-testing an SOI theory for if an idea almost a year away beats the MEI from 3 months away on an el nino, one can not ignore that, The current MEI for the last 2 months has never had an el nino of any kind behind it. But I want to give another example here as to why what we need to chase is the effect of a warmed globe ( sorry for those of you who think I am getting soft, I am simply realistic) on means that were developed that incorporated cooler times The best things about errors is they can teach you, Remember the scene in Jaws where they were looking at the scars they had and remembered vividly how they got them? Same thing in the weather, While Feb 2017 was painful, it turned into a huge blessing for me as alot of good has come for it, In fact my talks, forward into the past, chronicling using the past to forecast the future started with the pain of this event. We see that phase 8,1,2,3 centered in February is quite cold in 1978 a monster rotation through these phases gave us this In 1988 we had this Now both years were weak el ninos ( hint hint for this year) 2017 was not, but it was not like there was a raging la nina. And besides a record tour de force through the holy grail of Feb cold should not produce this unless something else is going on that produces a different result. The MJO burst into phases 8,1,2,3 produced what we look for in terms of the tropical forcing, after all the phase calculation is based on parameters that must be met. So what could have happened Well look at the SST in 2017 But look at that above vs 1978 or 1988 It cant be just a weak el nino, It seems to me it has to the whole picture and the reactions taking place ( including with the warmer arctic) cause a different result, That seems intuitive. What is truly shocking about 2017 is how opposite it was, Obviously, the MJO ideas worked much better in 2018, but then again we were cooling off the peak. But circling back to the point, There is all sorts of yelling across the fence between climate and weather. They may not be twins, but they are cousins, It matters not what the cause, what matters is tools we use react differently than their means given the initial conditions ( and the way we got there) Consequently there are a whole slew of tools that need to be researched meticulously IMO that links the climate/weather communities to develop better ideas on how to use them I am showing this example after the fact. However if we find that the SOI idea from last JFM beats a June/July MEI idea, then its not just luck, it has something to do with the state of the planet today vs the variables that form the MEI, which date back through a colder time in the worlds number one supplier of energy to the system, the ocean! ( and yes I pay homage to the sun for what it does)
  12. This will be the final share on this matter, but I just want to show one more time the idea behind why the SOI link to a coming nino has been showing up in the winter before Always love challenges, and the challenges to the modoki Idea I have are certainly there across the board. And I guess in revealing all this, there is a risk involved that alot of research gets beaten back if there is not what I think is coming. The euro has the kind of look I envision for the winter in the SST This looks like the blend of the analog years. There is no big powerful enso event coming on, but the kind of late starting event some of the big winters we have loved ( starting in the 3 month period mid-summer or later) that have been the big winters. The current negative SOI drop will work wonders I think with the SST over the coming weeks and months But there is more involved here for me on a personal level, just like last winter, when I revealed something I had been working on for winter having to do with hurricanes, but this is a bit more ramped up with the SOI, for I believe there are climate implications that can be researched to help improve forecasting, Its not saying anything about the cause, as you know I have my opinion, but by what the result of a warmer look means, and in this case the experiment here would mean the discovery of a signal in this current warm climate cycle, that can tell us when an el nino off a cold event is on the way. The ones in what was a cold period of climate in the last 60 years, relative to the last 25-30 years had this look These are JFM with NO sudden drop the winter before Look what we have had in the researched based analog years ( JFM) Much warmer. Look at this year ( JFM) The west pac difference is there! My hypothesis on why this is showing a signal is because of the warming of the ocean creates a feedback that due to the increase in temperatures in this crucial areas, changes in sea level pressure patterns are more amplified due to greater energy inherent in the warmer source regions, With the enso 3.4 being cold, the greater temperature difference between the west pac and central pac may mean high and low pressures in the areas that determine the SOI readings may be more amplified, Interestingly enough, a lot of the el Ninos since 1976 ( I don't have the data before) had a major amplitude in JFM at some time the winter before, so that is another aspect for study Last year, of course, had a major amplitude but think about the change in the SST, convective feedback and what it may mean to Sea Level pressure patterns which determine the SOI. The link we have is the warmer look the last 25-30 years in SST ( again I believe that is a natural cyclical event) vs the much cooler look before which would have the effect of dampening the signal
  13. The Time will come when winter will ask what you were doing all summer-- Henry Clay Well here is what I have been up to Major cold stormy winter in the cards Could simply evolve into it from fall Extreme of coldest air could wind up over much of the US this winter Lets cut right to the point Temperatures Snowfall I could see freak events into S Texas and deep into FLA this year Analog ( for now) I have been alluding to this on posts since Spring, that one heck of a winter may be on the way, The question becomes how widespread and can it "run the table" The European looks quite like the blend of 2002 and 2009 with its implications of all months have large-scale normal to below temps I was waiting for it to come out to issue this because again I am getting strong objective support to the ideas that this winter could be as bad as 13-14,14-15, perhaps worse if we don't get the late start. None of the Decembers in the sample were "severe" but 2 of them were very warm to counter the colder examples. Remember all the winters in the sample had a time where winter let up, whether it was a warm start like 06, or 14 or with back and forth, a week before snowmeggedon began, forecasts in the mid Atlantic states were touting winter was not in site. A weak before arguably the most severe 45 days in New England weather history, the Patriots were in a playoff game and it was near 50 My fear is this has a chance to be more than just a focused 30-45 day period with times of let up, but still overall cold, I am aggressive in the hand-drawn map but, But if we take the 2 coldest samples, 02-03,09-10 we get this Now check this out and this is something I think is DIRECTLY RELATED to the warmed state of the oceans because I can not find these samples when the oceans were colder, I was tipped off to the coming el nino in this past winter, and this is when I started researching this, I used it first to forecast a wet period in California and then the idea of another big responding wildfire season ( which is why I am involved in that little fight since the forecast went public in May for this year and earlier last year since the entire winter was wet. Interestingly enough, the California perma drought being touted by the same people touting the wildfires as a sign of their missive, if it did not reverse, would likely have meant less fuel for the wildfires. So being wrong on one thing ( the "perma drought" did not phase them, they simply moved on to another that was the result of them being wrong. In any case being involved in climate issues, LEAD TO THE RESEARCH ABOUT THE SOI THAT TIPPED ME OFF TO THIS AMAZING LINKAGE AND GOT THE ANALOG YEARS ROLLING EARLY FOR ME FOR THE HURRICANE FORECAST ( DOWN ACE THIS YEAR) AND NOW THE WINTER! This goes with the idea that the weather now means something going forward, when we see similarities in big-ticket items, its a hint, In each of the analog winters being used, at least one of the months JFM the winter before had a rapid drop in the SOI ( more than 10 lower than the previous month) 2002 2006 2009 2014 a double drop in the 14-15 el Nino was a modoki which is what I have been thinking is coming up Side note: clued us in on the wet March April for California off a dry Jan Feb common to all those years. So far as I know, I have not seen any research on the SOI a year before telegraphing a future winter This year! This is how ERRORS can correct you and give you knowledge Remember last year, I was sucked into thinking an el nino was coming, Well as I researched all this you see above, and I go back over my errors, let us take a look at the first 3 months of the SOI in 2017 NO BIG FALL ( over 10)! Its a classic example of learning by correction ( which the weather does quite often) Aside from being a link to a coming el nino, I think in analyzing the state of weather and climate today, this deserves research. Heres why We have this in 1997,1994,1986 but it becomes less frequent during those time ( there were Ninos that came on without it) and then pre 1985 it disappears! ( there is argument about 68-69 . ONI had it, but the SOI in the 3 months of the winter did not average lower than -8, the threshold for the SOI warm enso) The common denominator is the oceans were colder. But no matter WHAT THE REASON of late this has shown up and telegraphed the el Nino, You may ask, well what about the Super Nino on 1997-1998 why isn't that coming, Its here where the forecaster has to use his or her skill decide on which, when we look at the analogs picked out, for instance, they were all BETWEEN Super Ninos ( the most recent being 16-17) the idea is that the Super Ninos may reshuffle the playing field more when the SST globally is warmer. Its an idea, but I love to real-time battle test them, for instance, last years use of analogs based on the global tropical activity and the disparity! But it is not like this stuff is just all hocus pocus voodoo. There are real implications not only for heat but the Trend. For instance, let us say you see this and you go to all the samples where you can find that pattern. There may be a dozen. But HOW YOU GOT THERE can show you where you are going and eliminate other patterns where you may see the same thing, but not be going to the same place if in one sample you are coming from the lower left and there is no change, you wind up very different than when you are coming from another direction. This may be the "problem" with the pioneer model we use in the times when there is warming, Its 500mb ideas the last 5 winters have been great, but the winters of 15-16, and 16-17 with the globe warmed from the enso and we are talking immense amount of water vapor launched into the atmosphere, the model was having trouble with temperatures. You have to understand this is a new model and its not called pioneer for no reason, But last year as the globe cooled, it was better, The concern is it is going to flat out nail the 500mb and temp this winter as the trajectory of temperatures will likely be such that its cooler than last year. The el Nino first effect if its the nino we are forecasting and looking at the blend of the years above implies a weak to moderate enso 3.4>1.2 and the warm Pacific ocean ring, both correlated with the colder looking pattern over large areas of the southern and eastern US A look at the Pioneer model temperatures ( it looks like the colder of the 2 analogs I have, 2002,2009) The models analogs and antilogs As you can see there are different years and in fact, one year I have is an antilog, (14-15) Giving me more reason to throw out the warm December, But what is fascinating is 2 different methods of looking at this are coming up with a similar temperature pattern..BTW I am currently researching hurricane seasons OPPOSITE last year hyperactive west, weak Atlantic ACE, but a) it is in the embryonic stages and b) we have to wait for the totals But when independently, methods are coming up with the same idea that is usually a sign the people doing it are on to something, I think the temperatures like last year and the colder winters will do better overall than the warm winters I think the pioneer model is as good as any out there, or at least worth the look. It certainly blows away the NMME which every year has very little cold over land masses from this far out, As warm as it is, there are places that get cold The SST forecast is close to the analogs As a general rule with modeling, because the model senses a source region for cold air being so warm as arctic winters are, where ever it sees a normal I am highly suspecting it will be cold. In any case we have a similar Pacific, but colder Atlantic So its no surprise when it comes up with this 500 mb Given the nature of ensembles which from this far out have to have outlying members that are countering this, Once they fall in, if it goes to the extreme, this is not strong enough, Hence my concern But it is only August Here is the pioneer model both show troughs in the east and blocking as does the Canadian Crucial to Europe is WHERE the blocking is strongest. If over Greenland its colder there The Last 10 days of the CFSV2 have a blowtorch ( as of this writing, which was Sunday, August 5) so you cant say there is not resistance do our idea. If you are looking at this, its opposite of what we are thinking But then again the negative i the Pacific where it is argues to watch for more trough over the east What I am doing here is showing you behind the scenes research. Check this out In the suspected most recent winters of 2002,2009 ( 2006 remains strong due to the MEI and the ACE analogs off post mega seasons of 2005,2017, but how long can that last) and 2014 we have some things to look at that may be clueing us in. Look at the colder sample US years, the preceding winter in South America ( summer up here) Look at the samples in 2006,2014 which had the very warm Decembers in the states check out this year Much closer to the colder samples the following winters ( Here is an interesting question, How many winter discussions have you seen talking about previous winters SOI drops of South American temperatures in their winter ha ha) My point is this, I have been alluding to a warm December, but there is a chance given what we saw with the Canadian and now the European that this winter starts early and stays late October hints at it November December Jan Feb ( as usual, all roads lead to February in el Nino years. Rare they are the warmest month and almost always coldest) , then we start looking to see if it runs the table to April or snaps) Word about Climate There is no question that no matter what the cause we have to deal with the state of the planet and the changes that can occur. What I am doing now is matching up events when they are thrown at me, doing the grunt work, finding the closest examples and then trying to apply them to what we are seeing so we can make a forecast, The weather since early 2017 has been flowing from one event into another, The 2 most interesting aspects of the past 2 years is 4 record-setting MJO amplifications given time of year in various phases, and the drop in the SST globally from its peak 3 years ago, In addition, one has to understand temperatures is a measure of energy, but its not linear. Rises, I believe caused by extra water vapor, in the Arctic lead to warmer winters up there and that extra water vapor leads to higher 500 mb heights ( Saturated air masses, if they have more water vapor will lead to higher wet bulbs and if you simply look at saturation mixing ratios, you see what that means!) so the tendency for blocking is always there until such time that there is a drop in the global water vapor and especially over the Arctic . I believe the oceans are the source, which seems intuitive since every time you get an el Nino we see the spikes, and it spikes much more in the polar regions in their winters than anywhere else and remains warmer longer. I pose the question, what if you raised the saturation mixing ratio only .1gram/kg everywhere over the entire planet lets say surface to 18k. What would you expect to see with time? Now think about what a warmed ocean is releasing into the atmosphere, then what a super Nino does compare to a regular el Nino? What should happen? What is warming the oceans? I have my ideas based on Bill Gray and a lot of Solar ideas, others believe other things, and that fine, but whatever the reason we have to deal with it. That is the bottom line! But thinking a 5-10 degree rise in the arctic winter temperatures and given that equal weight in computing a global temperature as the climate metric is not ideal IMO given what temperature really is and what low and high temperatures represent It is not a linear measure of energy, where 1 degree in the artic equals 1 degree in the tropics! . But digging in, we must react to what we are looking at but understand that what is important is what a 5-10 degree rise in coldest places most likely means to the water vapor, quite frankly given saturation mixing ratios. of what we need to know! anyway there has been a big drop since 2015 ( remember reaction lags) till now the drops in the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic, and in the tropical Pacific what has turned into a more gentle warm look with local hot spots have to have large-scale implications, The one year drop in the Atlantic basin last year this year and the Indian Ocean last year this year Has to have big MJO implications if this tries to hold into the winter season and in a large sense I think it will. It will focus stronger convection in the colder MJO phases for the US, So all this means we have to look. As I said its not just the pattern but how you are getting there and from where. But I do believe the changes in SST, WV, Sea Level Pressure, Global Wind Oscillation with the "climate" matter are all important in forecasting and dissecting them means that quite the opposite of some labels, we are all in trying to discern the meaning of where we are and where we are going, For now the verdict is that colder is fighting back and where large-scale cold does show up this winter it is likely not to take prisoners. The WV idea above and here is plenty of reason for blocking to take place given the increase of water vapor due to the overall warmth of the oceans of the past 20 years and still trying to wash out the super Nino ( minute increases in WV lead to quicker saturation and condensation and release of heat, hence the blocking over the pole. (That is a quick and dirty singular aspect) Solar activity, QBO etc being more, Arguments over the entire cause of that is best discussed at a bar over adult beverages ha ha. My point though is I AM SUPER SENSITIVE to where we are and do think it must be dealt with, The bottom line here is I would be looking closely at 2002, and 2009 winters as that is where we may take this, for now, the blended 4 are where we are. Thanks for reading, Hope you will check us out as we try to offer different insight to the why before the what on the weather.
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