Warm Winter Predicted Across Most Of USA|
Updated: 10/9/2007 11:40 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The USA will have
warmer-than-normal temperatures this winter in most of the country, except
for the northern Plains and Northwest states, government weather experts
predicted on Tuesday.
As for precipitation, it will be drier than average
across the Southwest and the Southeast, the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration projected in its winter forecast.
The Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, northern Rockies and
Hawaii will be wetter than normal this winter, the agency predicted.
NOAA also forecast a weak to moderate La Nina weather
phenomenon, which is marked by unusually cold temperatures in the eastern
equatorial Pacific, during the 2006-2007 winter.
"La Nina is here, with a weak to moderate event
likely to persist through the winter," said Michael Halpert, head of
forecast operations and acting deputy director of NOAA's's Climate
In the USA, La Nina usually brings wetter weather to
the Pacific Northwest and dryer warmer weather across the South.
"The big concern this winter may be the persistence
of drought across large parts of the already parched South. And while
December through February is likely to be another milder-than-average
winter for much of the country, people should still expect some bouts of
winter weather," Halpert added.
NOAA also predicted the following:
* above-average temperatures in the Northeast and
Mid-Atlantic in response to the long-term warming trend.
* milder-than-average weather in northern Alaska and
above-average temperature and precipitation in Hawaii
* across the country, according to NOAA's heating
degree day forecast, December through February will be 2.8% warmer than
the 30-year norm, but still 1.3% cooler than last winter.
Original article: USA Today - Weather
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