NOAA predicting mild winter in New England

NOAA predicting mild winter in New England

NOAA predicting mild winter in New England

In the U.S. Winter Outlook for December through February, higher-than-normal temperatures are expected across the western and northern U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii.

"We find ourselves on the verge of El Nino", said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, on a call with reporters Thursday.

The northwestern United States, including parts of Northern California near the OR border, is likely to see the highest chances of warmer temperatures.

The prospect of stormy conditions in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic means it has the greatest chance of having colder-than-normal conditions of anywhere in the country, Halpert said. "There's a 70-to-75 percent chance El Nino will develop in the next few months".

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

NOAA says much of the northern and western USA will have warmer-than-normal conditions with the southeast having equal chances for temps that run either below-normal, near-normal or above-normal.

The same NOAA report expects ME to have about an average winter in terms of precipitation.

2018-19 Winter Outlook map for temperature.

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Warmer-than-normal conditions are anticipated across much of the northern and western USA, with the greatest likelihood in Alaska and from the Pacific Northwest to the Northern Plains.

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

The most severe (if at all so to speak this time) winter expects the Northern Rocky mountains, the OH valley and the region of the Great lakes.

- 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.

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. 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.

-Even during a warmer than normal winter, it will still get cold and snow is still likely to occur.

Anyone hoping for a lot of snow is likely to be disappointed more often than not this winter. NOAA'S next update will be available on November 15th.

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