Winter Weather Predictions for 2011 forecast a varied weather pattern across the United States with La Nina being much in play during this winter season. The accuracy of forecasts models for both temperature and precipitation will depend much on the strength of La Nina along with additional factors. As always location will play an important role in determining the kind of winter you can expect to experience.
Temperature Outlook: Southern parts of the U.S. have the potential to be much warmer than normal. Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas are among the states forecast to have a mild winter. Above average seasonal temperatures are to be expected as far north as Nebraska, Wyoming, Illinois and Indiana. The Ohio and Mississippi Valley regions could also benefit from above average temperatures. North Carolina all the way up through Maine should experience seasonal temperature patterns. The west coast and the Pacific northwest are expected to be cooler than normal this coming winter. Northern California, Oregon and Washington State along with North Dakota are states likely to experience these cooler temperature. For the states or regions not mentioned average temperatures should prevail during the winter months.
Precipitation Outlook: Precipitation will follow temperature models somewhat across the United States during the winter months. Areas that are forecast to have above average temperatures have the potential to experience below normal precipitation and vice versa although this will not hold true for all regions. The southwest region states should be drier than normal. An area of particular concern is Florida which could see much drier conditions. Fire danger indexes could be high in those regions that do not receive adequate precipitation this winter. The west coast should be wetter than normal. The Ohio Valley is expected to experience both above average temperatures and precipitation. Most other areas of the country should see normal precipitation levels.
It is important to not rely to much on weather predictions. Stayed tuned to your local weather forecast and always have a emergency preparedness kit on hand, especially when traveling. A battery powered emergency radio is also a good idea. Taking a few simple steps assures your enjoyment of the upcoming winter season no matter what the weather brings.