Warm thoughts about this winter

noaa winter 2014-2015 outlook map

The National Weather Service has released its winter temperature outlook for the US -- and it reports the climate signals are pointing toward an increased probability of this part of the country having a warmer-than-average winter.

If this winter does end up heading that direction -- and that's not a lock, just the way forecasters figure the probabilities are lined up -- it would be a contrast to last winter, which was a bit colder than typical.

Also noted: "This seasonal outlook does not project where and when snowstorms may hit or provide total seasonal snowfall accumulations. Snow forecasts are dependent upon the strength and track of winter storms, which are generally not predictable more than a week in advance."

map: NOAA

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