Louis winter forecast; what's in store?

Louis winter forecast; what's in store?

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center released the U.S. Winter Outlook today, with La Nina potentially emerging for the second year in a row as the biggest wildcard in how this year's winter will shape up.

∙ Below-average temperatures are favored along the Northern Tier of the country from Minnesota to the Pacific Northwest and in southeastern Alaska. At this moment, there's no strong indication as to how temperatures across Wisconsin will play out.

Chicago - and most of the rest of IL - is expected to see a wetter than normal December through February, according to the National Weather Service.

Despite the outlook favoring above-average precipitation this winter, drought is likely to persist in parts of the northern Plains, although improvement is anticipated farther West. More than half of the country has at least a 33% chance of seeing warmer than average conditions. When this weather pattern develops, the effects can be felt around the world. El Nino and La Nina probably the most-talked-about and well-known of these patterns, for good reason; they're two very important and slow-evolving ocean patterns that influence weather worldwide.

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Warmer-than-average conditions are also more likely across other areas of the East Coast, the southern two-thirds of the United States, Hawaii, and in parts of Alaska, NOAA says.

"Longer growing seasons, fall and spring being less because we're seeing summer lasting longer into the fall season", Jones said. NOAA produces seasonal outlooks to help communities prepare for what's likely to come in the next few months and minimize weather's impacts on lives and livelihoods.

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center calls for colder than average temperatures across the Pacific Northwest in 2017-18.

This winter is expected to be snowier than usual for Chicago.

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