Winter Temperature Forecast

November 27, 2000


Provided by: NOAA
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) winter temperature forecast for the US over the next three months (December, January and February) is shown above. Wintertime temperatures over the past three years have been unusually warm nationwide. In general, this coming winter is likely to be cooler than those experienced since 1997. However, the southern third of the US is expected to be warmer than the 1961-1990 average temperature - the liklihood is 33% that the temperatures will be above normal. The southwestern US could be particularly warm. Alaska is the only state where below normal temperatures are forecast. Notice that "CL" (CLimatology) is listed for much of the nation. Because in these areas the climate models used for the forecast show inconsistencies, weather patterns experienced in past decades are used as a guide for the current 90 day weather outlook. The official 90 day outlook is given once each month - near mid month.

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