Do you have a winter forecast for the US for 2017-18? A.K.
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The US has a variety of weather areas and each one will be somewhat different. I’ll add also that the weather is like a stairway, each level is dependent on the previous level. Each “stairstep” builds itself off the previous “stairstep”.
The Southwest: last year was warmer than average. This year is going to continue this pattern. Dec and January will be comparable to last years, with only slightly colder temperature. February will see the 2 middle weeks being slightly colder than last year, but warmer than would be called “average”.
The Southeast: I see a dryer winter for the S.E. for all 3 months. I also see higher temperatures than would be considered winter temperatures. This is for the 1st 2 months, then some colder weather in February, than in the Dec and Jan months.
The Northeast: There’s no escaping the cold weather in the N.E. I see frozen temperatures – solid frozen. I see an average amount of snow. While Dec will come in weak, January will be windy and cold. February will be frozen cold, but warmer temperatures will come in earlier in March than years past.
Midwest: The M.W. is going to get hit with cold wind. Lots of snow will cover the plains regions. This is getting to be a new normal winter for this region. In future years, there will be very few winters that are not like this. Except for a slightly warmer 2018-2019 winter, all other winters for this decade will be COLD for this region. Absolutely this will affect crop growth.
New England area: December is when winter usually starts, but all meteorological predictions for November are already in and they predict cold in the Autumn month of November, also. December will be much colder than November. January will be a full-blown winter weather for the region. February will be disastrous with serious winter weather related problems. I see ice, wind and water problems.
Western US: For the most part, this region will not strongly experience serious winter weather. January will be slightly colder, but still not a hazardous situation. February will be slightly colder, but again, not serious and more closer to average.
Pacific Northwest: This region will experience what could be called an average winter. It will be slightly colder this year than last year, though in all 3 months. However, Spring will come in earlier for this regions – close to the end of February.
Western Central states: (Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and surrounding areas) Again, meteorologists have mentioned cold fronts coming in November, and I would add this will build in December. There will be MUCH snow in the regions – for those who ski. The cold fronts coming through will cause temperatures to dip into icy temperatures. Much of the snow will turn to ice as the winter continues into January and the 1st 3 weeks of February. Again, I’m seeing an earlier than normal spring with regard to temperatures. The last week of Feb. will see temperatures rise, but there will be some late cold fronts in April and one in May, though not as bad as if it were Jan or Feb.
There will be a few anomalies this winter.
New Mexico will have several weeks of arctic temperatures in mid-January.
Eastern California will experience some warmer than average temperatures in the High Sierras overall. The winter temperatures will hinder the fires, but not stop them completely. A remnant of one fire believed to be burned out, will start up again in late November in the lower Sierras south of Yosemite, north of Kings Canyon Nat. Forest.
Tennessee will experience a pocket of warm weather with the Sun breaking through the clouds, in the midst of a cold front that would be happening all around them. It won’t last long. (1st half of January)
Any other “anomalies” are so insignificant and small that they could be considered normal, and so I won’t bother with them here.
I’m ready for questions.
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Will the 2017 – 2018 winter in Southern California be as wet as it was last year?
Sorry this is late, but I do see some rain in the forecast SoCal. I would call it a normal amount. Comparing it to last year, I see it being less than last year, and most of it being in February.
And will our drought in California be completely over by the end of this winter? Will the Colorado River rise significantly?
I don’t see an end to the drought but rather a respite. I’m not seeing the Colorado River rising much. It can rise some, but it won’t be a “life-saving” amount.
I’m in Socal now and It has started out dryer. I think we forgot to pray for rain. :(
We are at a time when we need more prayers. Pray for the weather patterns. Pray for the water. Pray for all life.
What is Central Texas going to be like?
We’re going to have a dryer and less cold winter. A bit colder than last year, but not severely cold.
What does Cleveland, Ohio look like this year? Lost of snow days for teachers? (I mean… students…)
Thank you, in advance!
Expect a few warmer days at first, but as the winter progresses, you’ll see seriously strong winds and snow storms. Prepare now for staying inside a lot. If you must go outside, the worst will be the low temperatures, the strong winds and the snow storms. Thankfully, not all winter days will have that. Some of the winter for Cleveland will be warmer than normal.
WE in MO are getting a drought and water shortage for livestock with ponds drying up. Will any rain be coming soon or snow.
You will be getting some rain this year, but I see it not being enough to counter the drought. Do consider other steps to take for the long run for this year and the next 2 years. I see much higher rain amounts coming in the year following 2 more dry years. However, you will be getting some this year.
Is winter letting up in northeast Ohio, or is there still more to come? I’m ready for summer…
I wish I had good news regarding your question. The winter weather will slowly let up, but that slowness will include almost all of April, then more into May. The temperatures will slowly go up, but I see several more storms coming and cold temperatures continuing to mid-May.
This kind of weather is going to be what the Northeast has in 7 of the next 10 years. I consider this the new “normal”. The good news is that summer will arrive. It will be a mild summer.