I have been looking at snow cover for the month of October. This year the area covers a large area and has grown very quickly.
I have added 6 images together of snow and ice cover for the same day 31st October from 2011 to 2016.
You can see a large area of snow is now covering all of Russian and is now entering Europe. This year most of the snow cover area grew very rapidly.
I like to look for comparisons years because I believe a similar pattern may emerge late on if I can find a close match.
Of course this is just was aspect and I am always looking at different aspects and trends in Air temperature, Air pressures and Sea temperatures. I will look at some of these and try and show you them over the coming weeks to see if we can find a real trend and come up with an outlook for winter 2016-17
But if you look at the maps and look at October 2012 you can see the snow cover did extend into Europe that year. That was the winter of 2013 when it snow and ice started mid January and extended to the end of March. This was also the year when the Vortex suddenly warmed and split.