This analysis considers Northern Hemisphere stratospheric variability in S2S forecasts that verify in November. November is earlier than the climatological peak of troposphere-stratosphere coupling, which peaks in January and February, but the early season stratospheric variability can be associated with anomalous winter conditions. The analysis focuses on early season weak vortex events, defined to occur in the month of November when the 3-day averaged 10-hPa zonal-mean zonal wind at 60˚N is ≤ –1 standard deviation (approximately 10 m s–1). The research uses ERA-Interim reanalysis data as verification of S2S ensemble reforecasts of early season weak vortex events, specifically to evaluate the rate of forecast hits, misses, false alarm, and correct null forecasts at lead times ranging from 0 to 30 days. The analysis considers ensemble reforecast data from five operational models contributing to the WWRP/WCRP S2S Prediction Project Database common reforecast period (1996-2010). The results show that the rate of forecast hits exceeds the false alarm rate to lead times of 21-25 days for a majority of models. The forecast hits, misses, and false alarms are discussed in the context of model top height, resolution, and model configuration.