Winter Weather patterns in 1977-1979

General Discussions: ASK John: Winter Weather patterns in 1977-1979

By regionrat on Wednesday, October 07, 2009 - 03:27 pm: Edit Post

John,
What were (if any) the specific weather patterns that brought us the epic winters of 1977-79? Were they El Nino years, La Nina years, etc? Was there a huge Omega block over Greenland? I'm out of my league in technical terms, but I see that term bantered about quite a bit.

Thanks, and I'm eagerly anticipating your seasonal outlook.


By admin on Sunday, October 11, 2009 - 08:38 pm: Edit Post

Hi Regionrat.

The winters of 77-79 were doozies for many areas of the Midwest. While there was no specific setup that brought all the cold and snow, the north central US was predominated by an upper air trough. For the most part the ENSO was considered neutral.

I guess it was really just the type of winters where we progressed from one cold and snowy setup to another.

-John


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