Forecasters unveil weather outlook for upcoming winter across US


It is expected to be weaker than the El Nino that developed during the 2015/2016 winter.

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

Winter looks wet and especially mild for much of the country, thanks to a weak El Nino brewing, US meteorologists said.

"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.

Broadly speaking, "El Nino" refers to a climate effect caused by warming sea surface temperatures in parts of the Pacific Ocean.

According to the center's 2018-2019 winter outlook report released Thursday, each New England state is likely to be warmer than average in December, January and February.

The Carolinas should also look out for the "Arcitc Ocillation", which NOAA says determines "the number of arctic air masses that penetrate into the South" and could lead to below-average temperatures.

"NOAA" s Winter 2018 temperature outlook for the United States.

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The southern states of the USA, as well as those in the Mid-Atlantic, are expected to receive above-normal precipitation.

Meanwhile, the southern-third of the US and much of the East Coast could be hunkering down for a wetter than normal December through January. Northern Florida and southern Georgia have the greatest odds for above-average precipitation during the winter, the NOAA said.

Don't reach for those hand-warmers just yet - it may be a mild winter in most of the United States this year.

Drought conditions are anticipated to improve in areas throughout Arizona and New Mexico, southern sections of Utah and Colorado, the coastal Pacific Northwest and the Central Plains.

-Drier-than-average conditions are most likely in parts of the northern Rockies and Northern Plains, as well as in the Great Lakes and northern Ohio Valley.

For those looking for snowfall projections, you won't find those in NOAA's winter outlook.

-Even during a warmer than normal winter, it will still get cold and snow is still likely to occur. NOAA'S next update will be available on November 15th. "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.