Boston, MA - The NOAA is currently predicting an abnormally mild, yet warm, winter for those residents living in New England. This may be the first warm winter New England has seen in several years.
Just recently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their Winter Outlook for this year’s typically cold season, and the results were shocking. In the report, the results concluded that December and February, the known-to-be coldest months of the year, will be experiencing above-average temperatures throughout the United States. In addition, the report concluded that there may be a chance of El Nino developing.
El Nino typically occurs in mid to late December. It’s generally known as irregular, complex climatic changes affecting the equatorial Pacific region. When it’s happening, the waters tend to be warmer than normal and the weather tends to lean towards the warmer side, too. Though it is a routine climate pattern, the formation of El Nino can cause significant climate changes throughout the world, not just in certain regions.
Mike Halpert, a reliable source from the NOAA, stated that he and his team predict El Nino to form somewhere between late fall and early winter. He added that it will be a weak El Nino, and temperatures will not spike out of control.
Due to the weak El Nino forming, the upcoming winter season in southern areas of the United States will be assumed to be wetter than in recent years. As for New England, we’re expected to have warmer and drier conditions than in recent years. The North may just have gotten lucky this winter season.
Thankfully, the results of the Winter Outlook stated that New England will be experiencing less of a wet winter, which is a tad unusual for us folks that live up here. These results do not mean to say that there will be no snow and rainfall, but that there will be limited instances of it.
I guess it’s safe to say we could have a minimal amount of snow this winter season, and if that’s the case, sign me up! Shoveling is not my favorite thing to do, anyway.