GEFS: 35-day North American Regimes

k-means clustering with k=4 is performed on the first 12 principal components of daily 500 hPa geopotential height anomalies in December-March months during 1979-2018 in the region 180-30°W 20-80°N, following the method of Lee et al. 2019 (GRL). This yields 4 weather regimes: the Arctic High (ArH), Arctic Low (ArL), Alaskan Ridge (AkR) and Pacific Trough (PT). Click here to see a spatial map of each regime.

Each ensemble member on each day is assigned to a regime based on its minimum Euclidean distance to the centroid of the cluster in principal component space. Please note that at current there is no bias correction on the Z500 anomaly field, so inherent biases in GEFS may be evident with lead-time, and thus this product should be considered experimental.

Stacked bar

The regime with the most ensemble members is indicated by the squares at the top of each bar; if no regime is dominant then no colour is shown.

Regimes stacked bar

Individual ensemble members

Regimes ensemble grid