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2020-21 Winter Outlook: Above-normal precipitation could kick off winter season

We may start with more snow than normal.
A historic blizzard is forecast to strike the northern Rockies this weekend
Posted at 9:30 AM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 10:30:52-04

OCTOBER 20, 2020 — The NOAA Climate Prediction Center has issued their Winter Outlook, along with the Farmers' and Old Farmers' Almanac predictions. All three of these best guesses agree on one thing: better chances for above-normal precipitation. The Old Farmers' Almanac believes the Great Lakes Winter will be "More Wet than White," which contradicts the Farmers' Almanac belief that a "Cold and Very Flaky" winter is on the way for us.

NOAA Winter Precipitation Forecast
NOAA Winter Precipitation Forecast for 2020-2021
NOAA Winter Temperature Forecast
NOAA Winter Temperature Forecast For 2020-2021

The Climate Prediction Center is the only one out of these three with an actual scientific thought. This year's CPC Winter Outlook is based around weak La Niña conditions. La Niña is the phenomenon of cooler sea temperatures in the Pacific near the equator. Historically, La Niña has given us colder than normal and snowy winters.

Farmers'  Almanac Winter Outlook
Farmers' Almanac Winter Outlook For 2020-2021
Old Farmers' Almanac Winter Outlook
Old Farmers' Almanac Winter Outlook For 2020-2021

This year's mild La Niña will probably only last for the beginning of winter. This leads me to believe we have a better chance of kicking winter off with couple decent snowstorms before the end of the year, followed by a warmer and less snowy second half of winter.

We shall see. Anyone who tells you they know exactly how winter will play out is lying to you.

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