Around 75 percent of the United States is more likely to be warmer than average, and no part of the U.S.is favored to see below-average temperatures for the winter, NOAA added. Portland averages 13 inches, 19 inches and 12 inches of snow in the three months in question, while Bangor averages 14 inches, 19 inches and 15 inches, respectively.
-No part of the U.S.is favored to have below-average temperatures. During the winter, typical El Nino conditions in the USA can include wetter-than-average precipitation in the South and drier conditions in parts of the North.
A mild winter could be in store for much of the United States, according to the seasonal forecast released Thursday by NOAA.
During that time, an Arctic cold front will move across the US and produce bitter winds and a drop in the temperature over much of the U.S.
El Nino is an ocean-atmosphere climate interaction that is linked to periodic warming in sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific.
The southern states of the US, as well as those in the Mid-Atlantic, are expected to receive above-normal precipitation.
Winter looks wet and especially mild for much of the country, thanks to a weak El Nino brewing, USA meteorologists said. Northern Florida and southern Georgia have the greatest odds for above-average precipitation this winter.
Drought conditions are likely to persist across portions of the Southwest, Southern California, the central Great Basin, central Rockies, Northern Plains and portions of the interior Pacific Northwest.
Hawaii, Montana, Michigan, parts of Idaho, Wisconsin, northern Illinois, Indiana and OH are forecast to be drier than normal, with the biggest likelihood in Hawaii, Montana and Michigan.
There's a lot more than just an El Nino pattern that determines how winter will play out.
-This outlook does not project seasonal snowfall accumulations.
Even so, it's no time to ditch the shovels and heavy winter jackets, with NOAA warning that its forecast does not mean the winter of 2018-2019 will not feature major snowstorms.
Farmer's Almanac Editor Peter Geiger said in late August his publication predicts "a very long, cold and snow-filled winter".