Currently, more than 45% of the Continental United States is experiencing some kind of drought conditions. With large areas of drought in the west and an anticipated La Niña climate pattern, southern parts of the U.S. may experience expanded and intensifying drought during the winter months ahead.
The Ohio Valley, Great Lakes and Northern Plains have the best chance at seeing wetter than normal conditions. The driving force behind this year’s winter is an anticipated strong La Niña pattern, meaning the water temperatures in the equatorial pacific ocean are likely to be colder than average. It’s important to remember these are probabilistic forecast. Day-to-day variability will happen. What this outlook does not tell us, is what many people might want to know, such as exact snowfall amounts, or precisely when a storm could occur. It’s never too early to start preparing your home and family for the winter season. Stay with WeatherNation as we track every storm this season.