Winter Outlook: NOAA Predicts Below-Average
Temperatures for Southeast and Mid-Atlantic
November 25, 2009
|Photo courtesy of NOAA.
Its a known fact that cold weather and snow and ice that
might accompany it can cause a boon for auto glass businesses. This
coming winter, businesses in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions
might experience just this, according to the latest outlook from
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which
has issued its annual weather preview for the months of December
Though the NOAA does not forecast actually snowfall, it does predict
that the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, from southern and eastern
Texas to southern Pennsylvania through Florida will experience below-average
temperatures for the coming winter. In addition, the Southern Border
states, such as Texas and Florida, may also experience above-average
participation, according to the latest report, along with increased
chance of tornado activity for the Gulf Coast region.
However, the Western and Central United States regions might not
be so lucky. NOAA predicts that these areas, particularly the North-Central
states from Montana through Wisconsin, will endure warmer-than-average
temperatures, with period outbreaks of cold air, due to the effects
of El Niño.
The agency predicts, however, that El Niño could also make
the weather somewhat unpredictable.
|Photo courtesy of NOAA.
We expect El Niño to strengthen and persist through
the winter months, providing clues as to what the weather will be
like during the period, says Mike Halpert, deputy director
of the Climate Prediction Center a division of the National
Weather Service. Warmer ocean water in the equatorial Pacific
shifts the patterns of tropical rainfall that in turn change the
strength and position of the jetstream and storms over the Pacific
Ocean and the [United States].
He adds, Other climate factors are also likely to play a
role in the winter weather at times across the country. Some of
these factors, such as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) are
difficult to predict more than one to two weeks in advance. The
NAO adds uncertainty to the forecast in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
portions of the country.
Those in the Pacific Northwest and the Ohio and Tennesee River
Valley areas also can rest assured, when it comes to mobile work,
they should be in a good position, as the NOAA predicts drier-than-average
conditions for these regions.
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