Published: Fri, October 18, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Here's NOAA's 2019-2020 winter weather forecast

Here's NOAA's 2019-2020 winter weather forecast

It highlights higher-than-even odds of temperatures being warmer than average over much of the country, with a lean toward above-normal precipitation across the northern United States.

The outlook is for December 2019 through February 2020.

When it comes to temperatures in Indiana, NOAA says the trend is for warmer than average conditions near the Ohio River with equal chances for the rest of us.

Without either an El Niño or La Niña this year, coupled with expected warmer-than-average fall and winter temperatures, it's reason enough for some weather experts to raise an eyebrow.

No part of the U.S.is favored to have below-average temperatures this winter, the outlook predicts.

The agency issues long term forecasts, this 2019 Winter Outlook covers December, January and February. Last year's snowfall was 60.3 inches.

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NOAA's Climate Prediction Center issues the three-month outlook each month, the next update will be November 21.

The greatest likelihood for warmer-than-normal conditions are in Alaska and Hawaii, with more modest probabilities for above-average temperatures spanning large parts of the remaining lower 48 from the West across the South and up the eastern seaboard. A lack of key players like El Nino and La Nina means other factors will influence our weather, which could send the active storm track across much of the Midwest and Ohio Valley.

Wetter-than-average conditions are most likely in Alaska and Hawaii this winter, along with parts of the Northern Plains to the Northeast.

And drought conditions have improved in Alaska, with expectations of the same for Hawaii and central Texas and the Southwest. We'll see if this outlook holds up!

The remainder of the US falls into the category of equal chances for below-, near-, or above-average precipitation. "This winter looks like we're going to have at least average snow, with the potential for a little bit more than that".

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