Dry conditions forecast for Southeast

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Dec 2, 2008
Dry conditions forecast for Southeast

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) is calling for a mild winter in much of the Midwest and dry conditions across the Southeast, according to the recently released long-range forecast. CPC forecasters said temperatures this winter are likely to be above normal in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas, a trend that will also stretch into eastern Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska and portions of South Dakota.

Another warm pocket is expected to stretch from Michigan into western New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, western Virginia, North Carolina and northern Georgia. For the West Coast of the U.S. and northern Rockies, forecasters predict an equal chance of temperatures higher or lower than normal this winter.

One of the reasons for uncertainty in the forecast this winter is an uncertain trend for the La Ni a currents which have influenced weather conditions in the U.S. for much of the year. Temperatures at the equator have been fluctuating for the past several weeks, according to the forecast, with a trend toward lower than normal sea surface temperatures indicating the possible development of another La Ni a this winter. However, updated forecasts now favor a neutral sea surface temperature off the coast of South America for the winter,

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