NOAA predicts a warmer, wetter California winter due to weak El Niño

NOAA predicting mild winter in New England – Boston News, Weather, Sports

NOAA predicting mild winter in New England – Boston News, Weather, Sports

This isn't ruling out one or two big snowstorms between December and February, but the latest forecast is showing additional moisture falling across the South, while the typically colder North can expect drier conditions.

For the rest of the country this winter, no place in the United States is expected to be colder than normal, said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the governments Climate Prediction Center.

-The Southeast, Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic all have equal chances for below-, near- or above-average temperatures.

The organization's predictive maps placed ME in a sweeping band of orange, signifying that center forecasters believe the state is among those with a 40 percent to 50 percent chance of being "warmer than normal".

The outlook is also predicting it won't be an unusually wet winter for New England.

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During that time, an Arctic cold front will move across the US and produce bitter winds and a drop in the temperature over much of the U.S.

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

If NOAA's outlook holds true and much of the nation is milder than normal, it will mark the fourth straight warmer-than-normal winter for the Lower 48. It ranked as the sixth-warmest winter on record, and everywhere, except the Pacific Northwest, was warmer than normal. The southern states of the USA, as well as those in the Mid-Atlantic, are expected to receive above-normal precipitation. 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.

NOAA's seasonal outlooks give the likelihood that temperatures and precipitation will be above-, near- or below-average, and how drought conditions are expected to change, but the outlook does not project seasonal snowfall accumulations. "Even during a warmer-than-average winter, periods of cold temperatures and snowfall are still likely to occur", NOAA said.

Tampa meteorologist Jennifer Hubbard said the Tampa Bay area can except mostly the same, with mild winter temperatures near or slightly above average, as well as more rain than usual. NOAA'S next update will be available on November 15th.

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