NOAA gives Forecast for a Warmer Winter for Most of US, Except One Region

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its annual outlook for the coming winter, which calls for warmer conditions throughout the majority of the US for 2021-2022. A look at each region…

Most of US will see a warmer winter in 2021-2022

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting warmer conditions for most of the US for in 2021-2022, although one region will have to deal with cooler conditions than normal, CNN and the Washington Post reported.

A warmer winter is good news for most of the country, as heating costs are expected to skyrocket across the board, but will vary depending on what type of heating system or fuel one uses.

Here’s a look at the different regions and what kind of winter they will have the season…

Temperature outlook for winter 2021-2022

Significantly warmer temperatures:

The weather map for December 2021 through February 2022 shows the probability of significantly above normal temperatures for southern and southeastern Texas, Louisiana, central and southern Mississippi, central and southern Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and central and eastern North Carolina.

Warmer-than-normal temperatures:

Above-normal temperatures are forecast for the Southwest, the southern central US, Ohio Valley, Mid-South, mid-Atlantic, and the Northeast.

Average to slightly below average temperatures:

Normal to slightly below-normal temperatures are expected for central California, central Nevada, most of Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, southeastern Iowa, central and northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwestern Indiana, and most of Michigan.

Average temperatures:

Normal temperatures are forecast for Northern California, Northern Nevada, southeastern Oregon, southern Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, the Western Dakotas, Western Iowa, and Minnesota.

Slightly below-average temperatures:

Slightly below-normal temperatures are forecast for southern and eastern Oregon, central Idaho, southern Montana, northeastern Wyoming, the central and western Dakotas.

Below-average temperatures:

Below-normal temperatures are predicted for northwestern Oregon, most of Washington, northern Idaho, western central and eastern Montana, northwestern South Dakota, and western North Dakota.

Winter precipitation forecast December 2021-February 2022

All along the southern quarter of the US, including parts of the West, and more so, the Southwest, can expect below-average precipitation in line with the return of a La Niña weather pattern. Over the summer, the end of La Niña helped some of the drought-stricken areas across the Southwest and southern corridor with much-needed rain. The Gulf States, and particularly Florida and southern Georgia, can also expect a significantly drier winter. With supply chains tight, if you live along the southern corridor of the US, it’s a good time to stock up on dry skin moisturizer in case supplies get short this winter.

Northwest: Above-normal precipitation will bring rain to northern Oregon, southern Idaho, western Wyoming, and central Montana, with more significant rain for Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana.

Upper Midwest, Ohio Valley: Slightly above average rain for central and western Wisconsin, eastern Iowa, central Missouri, and southern Ohio. More significant rain is predicted for eastern Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and northern Ohio.

Mid-South: Slightly above average rainfall for northern Arkansas, western and northwestern Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

Mid-Atlantic and Northeast: Slightly above average rainfall for western and central Pennsylvania, western, central and northern New York, and northwestern Vermont.