The Climate Prediction Center, a branch of NOAA, has released its seasonal outlook for the upcoming winter. They highlighted the fact that this is the first winter with an ongoing El Nino in several years. This will impact general weather patterns across the country.
This winter, most of the southern corridor of the nation will see a wetter-than-usual winter. These areas include northern Alaska, the southern plains, parts of California and the Southeast. The northern Rockies and Great Lakes will see a drier-than-average winter. Hawaii will also see a drier winter than normal.
Warmer-than-average temperatures are expected for the entire northern tier of the country. These will be most pronounced in the Pacific Northwest and northern New England. Near-normal temperatures are expected for the southern Rockies and the southern plains. The rest of the country has an equal chance for above or below-average temperatures.
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