Wednesday, October 11, 2006
This week NOAA issued their outlook for the upcoming winter. It appears the winter will be influenced by El Nino. This would make for a milder than normal weather for much of the United States.
Based on the outlook, we can expect near normal winter temperatures and slightly above average precipitation in central North Carolina.
Keep in mind there is always an "uncertainty factor" when it comes to making long range forecasts. Just because the forecast calls for near normal temperatures, there could be a period of very cold weather and there could be a period of warmer than normal weather.
As for what many folks ask us.... any snow chances this winter? We'll just have to wait and see. On average, the Raleigh-Durham area records about 7 inches a year. Last winter no measurable snow was reported in the region.
You can read more about NOAA's winter outlook at this link --