Will Jack Frost Make a Return this Winter? Winter 2013-1014 Forecast HERE!

We are only one week into the fall season, but people already want to know what is in store for the winter. Will it be warmer or cooler than normal? Will we get  generous amounts of snowfall or will we stay wet with rain? Well, I think we can help shed some light on those questions. For meteorologists, forecasting accurately even a week ahead of time can be a difficult task so you can imagine how difficult forecasting months ahead of time can be.

Temperatures

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/lead03/off03_temp.gif

This map shows the average temperature  forecasted ranges to be above or below normal for the months of December, January and February. We are just outside of the yellow shaded area, which means we are not expected to have overly warm or cold temperatures.

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/lead04/off04_temp.gif

This map shows the average temperature forecasted ranges above or below normal for the months of January, February and March. We are now in the yellow area which means that we are forecasted to have temperatures slightly above normal for the tail end of our winter season.

Precipitation

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/lead03/off03_prcp.gif

This is a map showing the probability of all types of precipitation for the months of December, January and February. We are in the white, or EC area, meaning that we have an equal chance of receiving above, below or normal amounts of precipitation.

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/lead04/off04_temp.gif

This is a map showing the probability of all types of precipitation for the months of December, January and February. We are again in the shaded yellow region meaning that we are expecting to see above average amounts of precipitation.

Summary

The months of December, January, and February do not look to be overly warm, wet or cold. We are expecting equal chances of above/below average temperatures and above/below averages of precipitation.

For the months of January, February, and March we expect temperatures to be slightly above normal as well as precipitation to be above normal.

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About Wes

I'm a Senior at Mississippi State University majoring in Broadcast Meteorology. I'm originally from Columbia, Missouri and love to play lacrosse.
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