Leading weather forecasters now say changing conditions may create a snowier- and colder-than-normal winter weather season across portions of the United States for the second consecutive year.
Another Snowy Winter Headed Our Way
Time to start thinking about salt, snow shovels and mittens say leading weather forecasters. They point their fingers at changing conditions that could create a snowier- and colder-than-normal winter season for the second straight year in many areas of the United States.
Say it ain’t so. Please.
Weather Advance forecaster Danté Brown-Royal has updated his long-term winter outlook for the 2010-11 season based on changing water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean.
Great Lakes Winter Battle Zone
Brown-Royal now expects a large U-shaped area over the Great Lakes region to have snowier and colder weather than last year. In the winter of 2009-2010, Philadelphia residents received more snow than their counterparts in Buffalo, N.Y. Brown-Royal’s 2010-2011 winter weather forecast also calls for snowier than normal conditions across the I-95 corridor. However, he expects no major snowstorms like the ones that dropped multiple feet of snow on the region several times last year. He does call for more ice than snow across Pennsylvania, for example, which could create a season of driving headaches for Northeast motorists.
Brown-Royal made his update on Sept. 5 while the rest of the nation was watching Hurricane Earl scoot up the East Coast and take aim at Nova Scotia and Newfoundland in Canada.
Accuweather agrees with Brown-Royal, calling for this year’s winter battle zone to set up camp across the Great Lakes in a line that stretches from Nebraska through Maine. Accuweather’s winter weather forecast differs from Brown-Royal’s, however, by predicting the South and extreme eastern United States will have drier and warmer conditions this year.
Everybody, however, predicts a snowier winter for the Northwestern United States, a region that was spared most of last year’s violent frosty weather.
The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center agrees with both of them when it comes to moisture. The winter weather precipitation forecast calls for greater odds of a snowier-than-average winter across the Great Lakes and northern Ohio Valley region. The National Weather services calls for drier conditions across the Southeast. The services calls for equal chances of more or less snow than average along the Eastern Coast and in the Northeast.
As far as temperatures, the National Weather Service’s winter weather forecast calls for colder-than-normal temperatures across the Northwest and warmer than normal temperatures in the Southwest. For everybody else, it’s an even-money bet for warmer or colder temperatures.
Sources: National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center