A Mild Winter Is Headed Our Way, says NOAA

Mindy Sparks
October 20, 2018

"That does not mean that below average temperatures can not occur", Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said in a statement.

The NOAA outlook covers the months of December, January and February, when the average high temperatures in Portland are 37 degrees, 31 degrees and 35 degrees, respectively. The center has given much of the Southern United States, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Chesapeake Bay, a clear chance of a wetter winter, with pockets of drought around the Dakotas and the Great Lakes.

Other climate patterns that can affect winter weather are challenging to predict on a seasonal time scale.

"We expect El Nino to be in place in late fall to early winter", said Mike Halpert, who is the deputy director of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

California is likely to see hotter-than-average winter temperatures, while parts of Southern California could also get greater precipitation, according to NOAA. States from the Pacific Northwest through the Northern Plains and into the Northeast are likely to have above-average temperatures, the NOAA reported.

On its temperature forecast map, the Carolinas and much of the southeast and Mid-Atlantic are all colored white, while the rest of the country is cast in reds and oranges, since those areas are expected to be warmer.


-No part of the U.S.is favored to have below-average temperatures.

A mild winter could be in store for much of the United States, according to the seasonal forecast released Thursday by NOAA.

-Wetter-than-average conditions are favored across the southern tier of the USA, and up into the Mid-Atlantic.

Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, parts of Idaho, Wisconsin, northern Illinois, Indiana and OH are forecast to be drier than normal, with the biggest likelihood in Hawaii, Montana and Michigan. "We stand by our forecast and formula, which accurately predicted the many storms last winter, as well as this summer's steamy, hot conditions", editor Peter Geiger wrote. But in case you need some talking down, a new forecast from NOAA says that at the very least, it won't be a nightmare this year. The next update will be posted on November 15.

The Farmer's Almanac said that for its winter outlook, the temperatures are going to be cold with "plenty of snow".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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