The Climate Prediction Center has issued an updated forecast for January and it shows above normal temperatures for the southern two-thirds of the United States. The northern tier of states are expected to be near normal. This assessment flies in the face of what is expected to take place over the next two weeks. Current models looking out two weeks show near to below normal temperatures east of the Mississippi River. The only conclusion to be drawn is that the last half of the month should be well above normal on the temperature scale. November was nearly 4 degrees below normal while December reversed to nearly 4 degrees above normal. The next two months will determine our overall average but from here it appears we'll have another mild winter. I'm just not that ready to make the call. The first two weeks of January will be critical to the overall temperature regime and there are hints of some seriously cold weather by the middle to latter part of next week. Stay tuned!