/Issued 1:13 PM CST, Thursday, November 21, 2013/
NOAA’s 2013-14 winter outlook was released Today.
-Sea surface temperatures across the Equatorial Pacific remain near average and have been that way since Spring 2012. Forecasters expect that to continue through the winter. What this means is that there will be no influence from El Nino or La Nina this winter.
-NOAA predicts equal chances for above, below, or average precipitation and temperatures for all of Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin from December through February. Note: Average winter (Dec-Feb) snowfall at Duluth, MN (Airport location) is 49.5″
I posted the LRC forecast a few days ago, but if you missed it I’ll do a brief recap.
*Total snowfall (Dec-Feb) 75.7″ which is 26.2″ above average.
*41 days with snow (0.1″ or greater accumulation) Average is 36 days.
October 2013 climate summary for the U.S.
-Average U.S. temperature: 53.6 degrees. 0.6 degrees below the 20th century average. 37th coolest October on record.
-Oregon had it’s 11th coolest October on record with an average temperature of 46.3 degrees which is 3.0 degrees below average.
-Delaware had it’s 10th warmest October on record with a temperature surplus of 3.5 degrees.
*October 2013 temperature data. Blue=cooler than average. Orange=warmer than average. White=Near average.
*October 2013 precipitation data. Green=above average. Yellow/orange=drier than average. White=near average.
January through October climate data for the U.S.
-Average U.S. temperature: 55.7 degrees. 0.7 degrees above the 20th century average. 32nd warmest January-October period on record.
-California had it’s 12th warmest Jan-Oct period on record while New Hampshire had it’s 9th warmest, and Vermont had it’s 10th warmest Jan-Oct on record.
-Year to date precipitation total for the U.S. 27.01″ which is 2.23″ above the 20th century average. 14th wettest January-October period on record.
-South Dakota, Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia had a top 10 wettest January-October.
-North Dakota and Michigan both had their wettest Jan-Oct on record. North Dakota’s precipitation total of 23.41″ is 7.13″ above average. Michigan’s precipitation total of 33.66″ is 6.95″ above average.
-California had a record dry January-October period with just 5.90″ of precipitation which is 10.36″ below average. The previous record dry Jan-Oct period occurred in 2002 with 7.19″ of precipitation.