If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from the polar vortex and a lack of California rain, here's some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say.
Mike Halpert of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that the upcoming winter looks pretty average in general. He doesn't expect a lot of extreme conditions like last year's cold outbreaks when Arctic air dipped south with the polar vortex.
"A repeat of last winter is not particularly likely," said Halpert, acting director of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.Okay, that makes 2 recent predictions (see posts below) saying we are going to have a repeat, and one saying not.
NOAA didn't predict last winter's extremes in last year's winter forecast.It is not reassuring that NOAA didn't predict last year's winter accurately.
And, of course, the models that make long-range weather forecasts are related to those that make the global warming and climate change forecasts.
The articles reports on predictions by several models. The NOAA prediction is the warmest of all them.