2017 EPAC Season

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2017 EPAC Season

#1 Postby Yellow Evan » Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:47 am

So it's time to make this thread, with 2016 basically done.

I thought 2016 was a tricky forecast ahead of time. However, so far, I don't feel that way about 2017. With similar +PDO and similar ENSO state, I think a season similar to 2016 is likely in all basins to be honest, in what was a remarkable year for tropical cyclones globally. Wind shear should be low, I can't see SST's getting much if any cooler, and I'd say something like 1985 is a good early analogue for 2017. Not ready to pull out initial preliminary numbers though.

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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#2 Postby Alyono » Sun Nov 27, 2016 1:23 am

Not as confident that next year will be the hyperactive season that this one was
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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#3 Postby hurricanes1234 » Sun Nov 27, 2016 9:24 am

Me neither. I think we may just get an average season next year. Personally I believe the active streak of seasons could be drawing to a close, unless somehow ENSO manages to flip back to El Niño.

IMO the chance of a hyperactive season still lingers, but a normal one seems more likely at this point.

However, it's still very early and it's anybody's game. :)
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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#4 Postby Yellow Evan » Sun Nov 27, 2016 12:08 pm

Why would it shift back to normal assuming the conditions aren't very different? 1983-85 was one of the busiest stretches (after 1982-84 and 2014-16) in EPAC history, yet 1984 and 1985 were definitely La Ninaish. Expect basin SST's to drop after being high for 3 years?

Also be careful what you wish for. An El Nino could mean a lesser active season like 1991 and 1986, especially if it's west based/Modoki.
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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#5 Postby Yellow Evan » Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:07 am

December EPAC SST (24.365 C) 3rd highest on record after the last 2 years.
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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#6 Postby Kingarabian » Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:43 pm

For me it all comes down to the PDO. It's very likely we wont be having a La Nina for the summer of 2017, instead we should see ENSO at warm neutral/Nino.

If the PDO remains as strong as it was for 2016, there should be no problem in seeing activity happening in bunches.
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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#7 Postby Ntxw » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:51 am

Kingarabian wrote:For me it all comes down to the PDO. It's very likely we wont be having a La Nina for the summer of 2017, instead we should see ENSO at warm neutral/Nino.

If the PDO remains as strong as it was for 2016, there should be no problem in seeing activity happening in bunches.


All signs pointing to +PDO returning for 2017. 2016 many tried to kill off the PDO second half of the year but it remained positive the entire time.
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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#8 Postby Yellow Evan » Wed Jan 04, 2017 1:16 am

Yea I can't see PDO turning negative, given how consistent it's been the past 3+ years.
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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#9 Postby cycloneye » Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:08 pm

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#10 Postby Kingarabian » Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:53 pm



2009 and 2015 were active EPAC seasons in my book.
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#11 Postby Yellow Evan » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:02 am

:uarrow: Every season but 1953 of those listed were active.
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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#12 Postby Yellow Evan » Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:58 am

https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/cgi-bin/d ... Timeseries

EPAC SST's for Jan lowest since 2014, but 4th highest overall behind 1994, 2015, and 2016.
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#13 Postby Yellow Evan » Mon Apr 03, 2017 7:55 am

https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/cgi-bin/d ... Timeseries

Feb 2017 only 6th warmest SST's on record (behind 2015, 2016, 1994, 1995 and 1996). March 2017 tied with 1994 for 3rd warmest behind 2015 and 2016.
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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#14 Postby cycloneye » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:53 am

Interesting information by Levi about the tracks density anomalies in EPAC.



https://twitter.com/TropicalTidbits/status/851430254128357379
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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#15 Postby Yellow Evan » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:35 pm

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SST's plot of similar east-based El Ninos. I don't know what this means for the PHS. I don't trust the dataset prior to like 1980, and 1993's El Nino went nowhere.
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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#16 Postby Yellow Evan » Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:18 am

Get ready to watch the EPAC in the not too distant future. The NASA model- the best at long term genesis model there is when the other models are less bullish- shows a system forming in the South Pacific near Tonga in early May, a sign of increased upward motion that would likely carry over to the EPAC around May 10. The GFS and ECMWF show MJO entering Phase 8 as early as a week from now, and either weakening, likely in response to the atmosphere feeling the effects of more of an El Nino based state which contrasts from the traditional MJO phases observed in 2016, or entering Phase 1 around May 3. The CFS ensembles in the long-range seem to agree, showing an uptick in activity around the start of the second week of May. The CFS itself seems to call for a similar uptick form May 13 to May 27.
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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#17 Postby cycloneye » Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:13 pm

Right on Yellow Evan. GFS responds with a long range close to CentralAmerica system.

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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#18 Postby Yellow Evan » Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:37 pm

:uarrow: Biggest takeaway from the above is the NPac high looks like its in its normal hurricane season spot. The GFS will drop this system in a row or two if that isn't obvious.
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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#19 Postby Hurricaneman » Sun Apr 23, 2017 2:44 pm

My thoughts are an early season flurry of activity then a less than normal peak potentially aiding the Atlantic so we'll see how the walker cell sets up
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Re: 2017 EPAC Season

#20 Postby Yellow Evan » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:17 am

18z GFS dropped that but it came back at 0z. Expect this to be dropped fairly soon again though it may appear in a few more runs until then.
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