NOAA predicting mild winter in New England

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The three-month weather outlook in the Jackson Hole area calls for above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation December through February.

The Climate Prediction Center issues updates its 3-month outlooks once per month, NOAA said, and the next update for this winter is expected November 15.

During that time, an Arctic cold front will move across the USA and produce bitter winds and a drop in the temperature over much of the U.S.

Additionally, El Nino has a 70 to 75 percent chance of developing.

An overall mild winter is expected when it comes to temperatures, with most of the US expected to see warmer than normal temperatures, some much warmer than normal, according to the NOAA outlook from its Climate Prediction Center.

Winter weather expert Judah Cohen, of the private company Atmospheric and Environmental Research, uses different indicators to predict winter for the National Science Foundation. The Arctic Oscillation influences the number of arctic air masses that penetrate into the South and could result in below-average temperatures in the eastern part of the U.S. The Madden-Julian Oscillation can contribute to heavy precipitation events along the West Coast - which could play a large role in shaping the upcoming winter, especially if El Nino is weak, as forecasters predict. Due to this, above-average temperatures look likely for the northern and western United States, Alaska and Hawaii.

On its temperature forecast map, the Carolinas and much of the southeast and Mid-Atlantic are all colored white, while the rest of the country is cast in reds and oranges, since those areas are expected to be warmer.

No place in the U.S.is expected to experience cooler-than-average temperatures, according to NOAA.

It also said that wetter-than-average conditions are likely across the southern part of the USA, and up into the Mid-Atlantic. The chances are highest in southeastern Georgia and much of northern and central Florida.

Meantime, drier-than-average conditions are expected for the Great Lakes and portions of the Northern Rockies and the Northern Plains. They will provide you with estimated snowfall totals for the winter in Eastern Kentucky. "We stand by our forecast and formula, which accurately predicted the many storms last winter, as well as this summer's steamy, hot conditions", editor Peter Geiger wrote.

"Even on a warming planet", he said, "it doesn't mean winter goes away and it's never cold again".

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