Severe Weather Team 6 Stories
- Man falls off Somerset Co. roof during storm
- WJAC meteorologist, Cambria Co. commissioner takes part in Ice Bucket Challenge
- No simple solution to Centre Co. flooding concerns
- Remembering the 1977 Johnstown flood
- Strong storms cause damage in Somerset Co.
- Storms knock out power, tornado reported in Pa.
- Centre Co. attic fire may have been caused by lightning
- Firefighters warn about dangers of extreme heat
- Ahead of July 4th, East Coast eyes tropical storm
- Evacuation in place for residents in part of Somerset Co.
- Wicked weather blows through Bedford Co.
- Storm cleanup underway in Bedford Co.
- Elk County to get fed disaster help for flooding
- Elk Co. flood damage assessments continue
- Red Cross service center changing locations in Elk Co.
- Help for flooding victims can be found at Ridgway Fire Hall
- Flood recovery continues in Elk Co.
- Federal officials, local representatives reviewing Elk Co. flood impact
- ATA helps seniors impacted by flooding
- Ridgway businesses cleaning up, working to reopen quickly
- Residents relying on each other for help in flood recovery
- Ridgway Fire Department assisting with flooded basements
- State officials surveying Elk Co. flood damage
- Recovery begins in Elk County after massive flooding
- People rescued from severe flooding in Elk County
- Residents forced to evacuate homes as flood water rise
- Ridgway officials already planning to prevent next flood
- Johnsonburg flooding worst in recent memory
- Covering flood damage has residents concerned
- Clearfield Co. school children evacuated from rising waters
- More than 100 people evacuated in Elk Co. flooding
- Residents shocked by flooding in Elk Co.
- Major flooding in Elk County
- Most Huntingdon Co. roads reopening from flooding closures
- Several Huntingdon Co. roads closed due to flooding
- Strong winds bring down power lines, knock out power
- Early morning earthquake rattles Los Angeles
- PennDOT finds 35K tons of road salt
- Area superintendents dealing with significant amount of snow days
- WEB EXTRA: What is a polar vortex?
- Severe Weather Team 6 Coverage: Winter Weather Tips
- STORM UPDATE: Tuesday Noon Forecast
- 2013 WinterCast
- Investigation: Officials blame DEP ruling for current flooding
- Flooding reported in Somerset County
Updated: Thursday, November 14 2013, 10:01 PM EST
By: Tony Martin
It's that time of year again already when everyone wants to know..... will we be shoveling and shivering or asking "Where's Winter" over the next few months.
The big drivers of winter weather, El Nino and La Nina won't be much of a factor this year, as we are in a neutral state, or La Nada. So we have to look elsewhere. A persistent ridge off the southeast coast since early Autumn will begin to break down in December and fade away. But before it does, it will put up enough of a fight that the cold air will not overwhelm the pattern and we will likely have to deal with some sleet or freezing rain during the month.
But as the month wears on and we get closer to Christmas, the other big driver in winter weather will start to awaken, and that's the North Atlantic Oscillation, or NAO. When this feature is in a persistent negative state, frequent blasts of cold air arrive from the north. To add to the chill, northern parts of Europe and Asia are experiencing their snowiest start to the season since 1977, and that was a cold winter in the northeastern US.
So for the Winter, we're expecting below average temperatures with the possibility of a subzero day at some point. Snowfall will be close to normal with our flow predominately from the northwest, with some upside potential later in the season due to a slightly increased chance of a few coastal storms.