2016-17 winter outlook for US

NOAA’s outlook for this winter predicts a warmer, drier South, and cooler, wetter North. Drought is expected to persist in California and expand in the Southeast.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued this U.S. 2016-17 winter weather outlook for the United States in late October.

NOAA forecasters said La Niña is expected to influence winter conditions this year, predicting the climate phenomenon is likely to develop in late fall or early winter. According to a NOAA statement:

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.

What is La Niña?

Photo credit: Rebecca Walker

Will your winter look like this? Photo via Rebecca Walker

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Bottom line: Winter weather outlook for 2016-2017 from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

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Eleanor Imster