GERMANTOWN, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Earth Networks released its 2016-2017 U.S. Winter Outlook today, which considers a developing La Niña, an abnormally warm Northern Pacific Ocean and recent climate trends. Unlike last year’s strong El Niño, the focus this winter turns to El Niño’s cooler than normal counterpart, La Niña.
Last winter, Earth Networks Meteorologists correctly forecast the expected strong El Niño, which is the abnormal warming in the equatorial Pacific waters, would lead to a warmer than normal U.S. winter. In fact, winter 2015-2016 broke the record for highest average temperature for the lower 48.
- Dry Conditions Persist – The pattern caused by La Niña could keep winter rainfall away from southern and central California, enhancing the existing drought. Higher temperatures and lower rainfall could also intensify the drought across the South and Southeast.
- Wet and Snowy Northeast? – The Northeast may see frequent winter storms, which could chip away at its growing precipitation deficit.
- Northern Big Chill – An active jet stream across the northern tier will likely keep temperatures below average from the northern Rockies to the Great Lakes.
- Lake Effect Snow? – The active northern jet stream will likely send cold air across the Great Lakes, causing lake effect snow.
“The arrival of a weak La Niña could potentially lead to fast-changing weather conditions across the U.S. northern tier,” said Chad Merrill, Meteorologist, Earth Networks. “But, there is currently no clear indicator of severe cold or major blizzards in our future this winter.”
La Niña typically produces warm and dry winters in the southern U.S. and colder than average weather with more precipitation for the northern U.S.
For a more detailed look at the Earth Networks 2016-2017 U.S. Winter Weather Forecast visit Earth Networks.
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