A Mild Winter Is Headed Our Way, says NOAA

A Mild Winter Is Headed Our Way, says NOAA

A Mild Winter Is Headed Our Way, says NOAA

Overall, no part of the U.S.is forecast to have below-average temperatures.

While this upcoming winter isn't expected to be exactly the same as four years ago, this most recent forecast from the Climate Prediction Center certainly gives us a better idea, as well as extra time to prepare for what is likely to come between the months of December and February.

The Southeast, Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic can go any way on temperature, Halpert said.

The organization's predictive maps placed ME in a sweeping band of orange, signifying that center forecasters believe the state is among those with a 40 percent to 50 percent chance of being "warmer than normal".

NOAA's Winter Outlook indicates our region is looking at a 33% to 50% chance for warmer-than-normal conditions.

Kentucky has equal chances for both above and below average temperatures according to NOAA's outlook.

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

It also said that wetter-than-average conditions are likely across the southern part of the USA, and up into the Mid-Atlantic.

2018-19 Winter Outlook map for temperature.

- 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. The northern half stays drier while the southern half gets extra precipitation.

The northern Rockies, northern Plains, Great Lakes and northern Ohio Valley are likely to see below-average precipitation, including snow.

But drought conditions are anticipated to improve in areas in Arizona and New Mexico, southern sections of Utah and Colorado, as well as the coastal Pacific Northwest and Central Plains, the agency said.

Matt Rogers, president of the Commodity Weather Group, which specializes in long-range prediction, agreed with the broad strokes of NOAA's outlook but said its temperature forecast was "conservative" in the East and that he would lean toward colder conditions. "We stand by our forecast and formula, which accurately predicted the many storms last winter, as well as this summer's steamy, hot conditions", editor Peter Geiger wrote. NOAA'S next update will be available on November 15th.

Last winter ranked among the warmest third in historical records, 1.8 degrees above normal averaged over the nation.

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