This winter might not be very helpful to the United States’ precipitation-starved Plains and West.
NOAA’s winter outlook for the United States says these areas may receive normal precipitation from December through February. Parts of these areas – along with much of the Pacific Northwest and the upper Midwest – are expected to see less than normal precipitation. The only areas forecast for a better-than-normal chance of rain are across the Gulf Coast.
Nearly 75% of the country is either in drought or abnormally dry.
“The drought will likely persist at least through the winter”, according to Deke Arndt, chief of climate monitoring at NOAA’s National Climate Prediction Center.
Meanwhile, the western half of the country could be shivering less severely than usual. Temperatures are forecast to be above normal through the winter months over the Plains and Rockies, with only Florida expecting below-normal temperatures.FULL STORY