Warm Winter for Most of U.S.

AccuWeather.com calls for “the heart” of the winter to be very warm across much of the U.S., with only the Northwest receiving average or above average cold and snow, said Chief Long-Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi.
His 2007-08 Winter Season Forecast also calls for warm weather, which combined with below average precipitation could be problematic for the drought-stricken southern states.
“November into December and March and April will be closest to what we consider winter weather, with the chance of cold and snowy conditions, but once we’re into the heart of winter, from mid- and late December into February, we may see one of the top ten warmest winters ever recorded for the southeastern U.S. The core of the warm weather will be centered over the Tennessee Valley and the Carolinas,” Bastardi said.
AccuWeather.com believes that the combination of what may be a top-five La Ni?a event combined with a cycle of warming water temperatures in the Atlantic are the key signals to the coming winter season.
“Those factors (La Ni?a and warm water cycles) will be running the show,” said Bastardi. “In what is climatologically the coldest part of the season – January and early February – many locations in the East will be at their warmest, relative to normal.”



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