Here’s What Winter Weather the U.S. Can Expect
It's bad news for cold-weather enthusiasts
This winter is likely to bring stormy and rainy weather to Florida and the Gulf Coast, below-normal snowfall in the Plains and Great Lakes, drought relief in the Mississippi River valley and the chance of big snowstorms along the Eastern Seaboard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters said Thursday.
The predictions are based on the presence of two major weather drivers heading into the winter: A strengthening El Niño climate pattern and remarkable warmth lingering in the world’s oceans. Those conditions strongly affect how weather systems and patterns develop, and where.
"Other outcomes are always possible, just less likely," said Jon Gottschalck, chief of the Climate Prediction Center’s operations prediction branch.
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