Weather and Climate Dynamics
Weather and Climate Dynamics
Weather and Climate Dynamics
Articles | Volume 1, issue 1
Weather Clim. Dynam., 1, 247–259, 2020
Weather Clim. Dynam., 1, 247–259, 2020

Research article 07 May 2020

Research article | 07 May 2020

Subseasonal midlatitude prediction skill following Quasi-Biennial Oscillation and Madden–Julian Oscillation activity

Kirsten J. Mayer and Elizabeth A. Barnes

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Tropical storms are key for harnessing midlatitude weather prediction skill 2–8 weeks into the future. Recently, stratospheric activity was shown to impact tropical storminess and thus may also be important for midlatitude prediction skill on these timescales. This work analyzes two forecast systems to assess whether they capture this additional skill. We find there is enhanced prediction out through week 4 when both the tropical and stratospheric phenomena are active.