Last week, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center
issued their forecast for January
. The first month of the New Year is expected to start colder than normal from the Northern Plains into the Northeast. The Northwest, South Texas, and Florida are forecast to see warmer than average weather.
An active weather pattern is expected across the Southeast, with above average precipitation expected. Drier than normal weather is forecast for the Pacific Northwest.
The Climate Prediction Center stated
that model guidance, statistical tools, historical trends, global patterns and observations were the main factors used in the forecast for next month. Neither El Nino or La Nina conditions are expected in the Pacific Ocean to start the year.