Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

NOAA releases 2018-19 Winter Outlook

NOAA releases 2018-19 Winter Outlook

According to NOAA, in ME, the three-month average snowfall in Portland, across December, January and February, is 14.8 inches, in Bangor 16.1 inches, and in Caribou, 23.4 inches.

No parts of the country are due to see a colder-than-normal winter.

The winter outlook from NOAA calls for a wetter than normal season in the far southwest corner of the state.

During that time, an Arctic cold front will move across the USA and produce bitter winds and a drop in the temperature over much of the U.S.

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For the rest of the country this winter, no place in the United States is expected to be colder than normal, said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the governments Climate Prediction Center. "Although a weak El Nino is expected, it may still influence the winter season by bringing wetter conditions across the southern United States, and warmer, drier conditions to parts of the North". It ranked as the sixth-warmest winter on record, and everywhere, except the Pacific Northwest, was warmer than normal.

The prospect of stormy conditions in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic means it has the greatest chance of having colder-than-normal conditions of anywhere in the country, Halpert said.

"No part of the U.S.is favored to have below-average temperatures", Halpert said.

2018-19 Winter Outlook map for temperature.

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Precipitation is expected to be above normal across the southern tier of the USA, extending up into the Mid-Atlantic.

Above-average rainfall is most likely northern Florida and southern Georgia this winter.

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

Little precipitation is expected in southern California, Arizona, new Mexico, in the southern areas of Utah and Colorado.

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-This outlook does not project seasonal snowfall accumulations. "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. He also forecasted a warm winter, heavily based on weak snowfall in Siberia. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center issues the three-month outlook every month- so we can expect our next update on November 15th.

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