NOAA releases 2021-2022 winter outlook

By: Tim Studebaker

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center made it official on Thursday, releasing their outlook for the 2021-2022 winter season.  For southern New England, the outlook leans toward an overall trend of warmer-than-average temperatures from December to February.  It’s important to remember that’s a three-month trend.  Cold days will still happen.

Temps

The outlook doesn’t have a strong signal when it comes to precipitation, equally splitting the probability of an above, below, or near normal season.

Precip

The agency cites “La Niña” and its effects on weather patterns for a second winter in a row.

Jon Gottschalck with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says, “Cooler-than-normal sea surface temperatures in the equatorial tropical Pacific change tropical rainfall patterns, and therefore change the pattern of the jet streams across the Pacific and North America.”

Typically, that means storms track a little farther inland for our area, leaving us watching the rain/snow line more often.

Regardless of what comes our way, the ABC6 StormTracker team of meteorologists has you covered.  Download the ABC6 News app today, and stay with us on air, online, and on social media for all your weather updates, every season.

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