Earlier this year, the Farmers’ Almanac predicted a cold winter with above-normal snowfall, but now the NOAA, citing La Niña conditions, is forecasting above-average temperatures for most of the nation this winter.
NOAA says La Niña will bring above-average winter temperatures
Back in August, the venerable forecast from the Old Farmers’ Almanac predicted that the 2020-21 winter would be “seasonably cold, wet and white.” It predicted “cold and snowy conditions” in the Northeast and a cold winter for the center of the country.
Now, the Climate Prediction Center of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a division of the National Weather Service (NWS) has released its forecast for the meteorological winter (December, January, and February) and is giving us a whole new outlook.
Citing La Niña conditions, the NOAA is predicting above-average temperatures for most of the nation this winter, NBC news center Maine reports.
“With La Nina well established and expected to persist through the upcoming 2020 winter season, we anticipate the typical, cooler, wetter North, and warmer, drier South, as the most likely outcome of winter weather that the U.S. will experience this year,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
According to the NOAA forecasts, the southern tier of the country will see temperatures well above average, while the Southwest will be much above average. Not only will the southern tier likely be warmer than normal, but also drier than normal. You might want to stock up on the best anti wrinkle cream now to protect your skin.
The Mid-South will see above-average temperatures, as will the Northeast. Across the center of the country, spanning West to East, average temperatures are expected.
What regions will see below-average cold?
The Northwest and Northern Rockies, north of Colorado, and into parts of the upper Midwest should expect to see below-average temperatures, the NOAA forecasts.
Today’s weather forecast: Monday, October 19, 2020
West: San Francisco 69, windy; Los Angeles 82, mostly sunny; San Diego 76, partly cloudy; Reno 78, sunny; Las Vegas 92, sunny; Salt Lake City 71, partly cloudy; Denver 74, partly cloudy.
Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 59, rain; Medford 76, mostly sunny; Boise 64, partly cloudy; Cut Bank 35, snow; Billings 32, rain; Minot 33, partly cloudy; Rapid City 35, snow; Cheyenne 67, cloudy.
Southwest: Phoenix 97, sunny; Tucson 95, sunny; Albuquerque 82, sunny; El Paso 90, mostly sunny; San Antonio 90, partly cloudy, Brownsville 90, partly cloudy.
Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 72, partly cloudy; Dallas 70, cloudy; Oklahoma City 59, partly cloudy; Kansas City 48, cloudy; Minneapolis 37, cloudy; Madison 40, cloudy.
Ohio Valley: Chicago 49, rain; St. Louis 52, rain; Detroit 47, rain; Cincinnati 61, rain; Indianapolis 53, rain.
South: Houston 82, thunderstorms; New Orleans 86, partly cloudy; Memphis 82, thunderstorms; Birmingham 82, partly cloudy; Atlanta 75, partly cloudy; Charlotte 74, sunny; Jacksonville 82, partly cloudy; Tampa 88, thunderstorms; Miami 83, thunderstorms.
East: Norfolk 74, partly cloudy; Washington, D.C. 71, mostly cloudy; Philadelphia 71, partly cloudy; Buffalo 51, rain; New York City 66, partly cloudy; Boston 61, partly cloudy; Caribou 57, mostly cloudy.