NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued this U.S. 2016-17 winter weather outlook for the United States in late October.
La Niña favors drier, warmer winters in the southern U.S and wetter, cooler conditions in the northern U.S. If La Niña conditions do materialize, forecasters say it should be weak and potentially short-lived.
Bottom line: Winter weather outlook for 2016-2017 from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
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