Climate forecasters say ME likely to have above-average temps this winter

Climate forecasters say ME likely to have above-average temps this winter

"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.

The Climate Prediction Center issues updates its 3-month outlooks once per month, NOAA said, and the next update for this winter is expected November 15.

The only part of the country that can expect typical winter temperatures will likely be in the Southeast, spanning the states you see below that are colored white, from Florida to OH and as far west as Arkansas.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an unusually warm winter for New England residents.

The main headline from the press release is that there is a higher chance of the United States to experience warmer than average temperatures for the winter.

"The country as a whole has been quite mild since 2014-2015", Halpert said. Alaska has a 40% chance of increased precipitation this year, matching Florida, parts of Texas, and other states across the south, according to the forecasters.

If the snowfall earlier this week reminded you how much you don't like the winter cold, you may be in luck.

Meanwhile, the southern-third of the US and much of the East Coast could be hunkering down for a wetter than normal December through January.

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The most severe (if at all so to speak this time) winter expects the Northern Rocky mountains, the OH valley and the region of the Great lakes.

The middle belt of the nation, and some of the north from California to NY, can go any which way on precipitation.

The winter forecast only covers December through February, though winter weather can last well beyond that.

Another factor in the forecast, Halper said, is long-term warming from human-caused climate change.

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".

The El Nino hasnt quite formed yet, but its nearly warm enough.

The tropical Pacific has gradually warmed recently, leading to the expectation that an El Nino will develop and affect weather during December, January and February, the federal agency said.

"Then its back to the warmer weather until we get closer to winter", she said.

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