New England 2014-2015 Winter Weather Forecast is Warmer, Wetter
This winter forecast makes it hard to tell if we are going to need winter jackets or raincoats when the season begins.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center has released its long-range forecast for the 2014-2105 winter season. Our corner of New England will see a much warmer winter with increased precipitation in some area, according to their data.
Below average temperatures are favored in parts of the south-central and southeastern United States, while above-average temperatures are most likely in the western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and New England
The NOAA says that things will be looking very wet this winter for parts of Southern New Hampshire and areas in the southern portion of New England. With higher temperatures predicted, we could be experiencing a very slushy winter season.
The Precipitation Outlook favors above-average precipitation across the southern tier, from the southern half of California, across the Southwest, South-central, and Gulf Coast states, Florida, and along the eastern seaboard to Maine.
However, The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts that this winter will be “another arctic blast with above-normal snowfall throughout much of the nation. The extreme weather will continue into Summer 2015, which is expected to be predominantly hot and dry.”
They add that snowfall will be above-normal in most of the Northeast, but much of New England will see below-normal snowfall.
We will see who got it right once all the snow melts and we can put away our snow shovels once again. In the meantime, here is more information from Climate Prediction Center Deputy Director Mike Halpert.