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Predicting weather six months out is difficult, but so far, it looks like winter will be warm this season.
Thanks to an incoming El Niño pattern, meteorologists at the NOAA believe temperatures across the United States will be higher than usual.
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It might still be 80 degrees outside, but the long-range winter forecasts for 2019 are already here. Meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting a warm and wet winter across most of the United States thanks to the likelihood of an El Niño pattern developing later on this year, bringing higher than average temperatures and precipitation with it.
There is an approximately 60% chance of #ElNino in the Northern Hemisphere during Fall 2018 (September-November), increasing to around 70% during Winter 2018-19. https://t.co/yAYzAEJFZR pic.twitter.com/xb3JS0YKMl— NWSCPC (@NWSCPC) August 9, 2018
Back in July, the NOAA released its initial forecast for December 2018-February 2019, which predicted everywhere from California to the Midwest to the Northeast had at least a 33 percent chance or higher of above-average temperatures. While the NOAA chart below says the entirety of the South should expect normal winter temperatures, it should also prepare for above-average levels of precipitation as well. According to NOAA’s initial predictions, the only area of the United States that is predicted to have below-average precipitation this winter is the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Montana, and parts of Wyoming and North Dakota.
Long-range weather forecasts are always subject to change, but at the moment, it looks like Colorado is the only major ski destination that is expecting more snow than usual this season per the NOAA’s chart. (Sorry, skiers.)
If you want to remain optimistic about the 2019 ski season, The Old Farmer’s Almanac might be able to provide you with a little bit of hope (if you choose to believe its forecast). We got a sneak peek of its 2019 edition, which has slightly different predictions for this winter when it comes to precipitation levels. While it also says that temperatures are predicted to be higher than average this winter in the Northeast and Midwest, it also predicts a snowy season in Utah, Idaho, and western Montana and Wyoming instead of a dry one.