Warm winter ahead? Experts say it’s likely
The nation’s weather experts are predicting a good chance at a warmer-than-normal winter for the Northland.
Much of Alaska also is in an area predicted to be warmer than usual, while the extreme southern tier of states — from Arizona to Louisiana and parts of Florida — could see below-normal temperatures.
The seasonal forecast for winter has most of the Northland in an area of no significant departure from normal for snowfall, but sandwiched between areas of below-normal precipitation to the west and east. The forecast is good news for the drought-stricken South, with a better-than-even chance of above-normal rainfall from California to Florida.
Before anyone puts too much stock in the long-term forecast, however, remember that the Climate Prediction Center had Minnesota in an area of warmer-than-normal probability last winter, which turned out to be among the coldest on record.
The experts’ forecast is in contrast with the Farmer’s Almanac, which is predicting another cold winter for our region.