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|November 14, 2018|
NOAA issues winter weather outlook
California skiers hoping for a cold winter might want to think twice about getting a season pass to their favorite resort this winter.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which released its December-through-February winter outlook Thursday, predicts that all but the northernmost part of the state has a 40 to 50 percent chance of being warmer than normal.
The likelihood of above-average temperatures is even greater in the Pacific Northwest — 50 to 60 percent.
No part of the country is favored to have below-average temperatures, according to NOAA.
NOAA's models also predict average precipitation for the state this winter. There's a 70 to 75 percent chance of an El Nino formation, the ocean-atmosphere climate interaction linked to periodic warming in sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific.
Story Date: October 18, 2018