Predicting what the winter weather will be like across the country is always tricky business, but with modern forecasting tools many meteorologists feel more confident about going out on a limb to tell us what to expect. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released their latest winter predictions for the U.S.
Because of a strong La Nina (cooler than normal sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean), the NOAA predicts a 4 percent warmer winter than the 30-year norm. Drought will continue or develop in the Southwest, Southeast, and some mid-Atlantic states. The most likely areas to experience warmer winter conditions are Texas, New Mexico, and other southern tier states. Of course, these general trends won't help you predict how much and what type of precipitation you'll get in your backyard, but they give a general sense of the severity of this winter season.
For more information about the NOAA winter weather predictions, go to: NOAA.
Article published on December 4, 2007.