NOAA: Heat, drought will continue through winter
October 18th, 2012
09:43 PM ET

NOAA: Heat, drought will continue through winter

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.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    Just stands to reason, the hottest summers are most always followed by the coldest winters.

    October 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • phunk

      So you didn't actually read the article? Especially the very last sentence that says "with only Florida expecting below-normal temperatures"...

      October 19, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. the 1 prophet

    Beyond average thinking there is the reality, and the reality is our earth will go through orbital shifts like the big one coming up soon The earth will wobble on its axes what is now land will soon be under the oceans.

    October 18, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    The earth wobbles on its axis whenever the detroit lions wins a game too!

    October 18, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      OMG, chrissy, this made me laugh!!
      I'm still cracking up!

      October 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hide Behind

    Never on to panic the sheep US officialdom down plays the full extent of this draught.
    Environmental scientist and the real climate experts in military sre included are not just predicting a few more months but even though somewhat hesitant one that could last years
    Too ignore real siyuation is the sheeps best method

    October 19, 2012 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff

    Off topic, but did you know the baby on Honey Boo Boo has two thumbs on one hand?

    October 19, 2012 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sinfully Yours

    Oh to be a weatherman: the only job in the world where you can be right 20% of the time and never have to worry about getting fired.

    October 19, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. Name s kel

    More snow ,this summer was horriable and last winter was like last spring

    October 19, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |