Here's NOAA's 2018-2019 winter weather forecast

NOAA predicting mild winter in New England – Boston News, Weather, Sports

This winter may be different, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday in its annual winter outlook.

Center Deputy Director Mike Halpert said in a statement a "weak El Nino" could bring "warmer, drier conditions to parts of the North".

In the winter, the NOAA said, typical El Nino conditions include wetter-than-average precipitation in the southern US and drier conditions in parts of the northern U.S. "Although a weak El Nino is expected, it may still influence the winter season by bringing wetter conditions across the southern United States, and warmer, drier conditions to parts of the North".

Elsewhere in the country, the Pacific Northwest has a much greater likelihood of warmer temperatures this winter.

While this obviously shouldn't be taken as gospel, it does give us a brief look at what we can expect heading into the winter season.

The northern Rockies, northern Plains, Great Lakes and northern Ohio Valley are likely to see below-average precipitation, including snow.

"NOAA" s Winter 2018 temperature outlook for the United States.

"Up in ME the forecast is actually what we call "equal chances", which means there's no tilt in those odds, so it's just as likely to be a wetter-than-normal winter as a drier-than-normal winter", says Halpert.

NOAA predicting mild winter in New England – Boston News, Weather, Sports

The reason behind the milder-than-normal winter is the developing El Nino, which is when the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean has warmer-than-normal surface water.

The prospect of stormy conditions in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic means it has the greatest chance of having colder-than-normal conditions of anywhere in the country, Halpert said.

Wetter-than-average conditions are favored across the southern tier of the USA, and up into the Mid-Atlantic.

Wetter-than-average conditions are favored across the southern tier of the USA, and up into the Mid-Atlantic. "The maps show only the most likely category with higher probability indicating greater confidence".

- Warmer-than-normal conditions are anticipated across much of the northern and western US, with the greatest likelihood in Alaska and from the Pacific Northwest to the Northern Plains.

"Snow forecasts are generally not predictable more than a week in advance", the agency said.

Last winter ranked among the warmest third in historical records, 1.8 degrees above normal averaged over the nation. But in case you need some talking down, a new forecast from NOAA says that at the very least, it won't be a nightmare this year.

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