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Meteorologist Steve Frazier Meteorologist Steve Frazier

NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has released what it thinks will happen this upcoming winter. Since there is an absence of both El Nino and La Nina, don't expect any wild swings from normal this winter season. Simply put we could very well be on our way to an average winter. Cold of course, and as far as snow, about 45 inches can be expected. Now keep in mind, average is average, a big snow event, or a blast of arctic air is not out of the question.

Also, with no ocean warming or cooling, the jet stream, for the most part should stay put. The Jetstream, our storm track, usually is just to our south in the winter, allowing cold air to spill in from the north, while storms along it bring in the moisture from the south. So the chances of being hammered with one huge storm after another, or being in a snow drought, are low.

Precipitation Outlook favors:

• Below-average precipitation in the Southwest, Southeast and the Alaskan panhandle.

• Above-average precipitation in the Northern Rockies, particularly over Montana and northern Wyoming and in Hawaii.


Temperature Outlook favors:

• Below-average temperatures in the Northern Plains and the Alaskan Panhandle.

• Above-average temperatures in the Southwest, the South-Central U.S., parts of the Southeast, New England and western Alaska.


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