Near Normal Winter Expected For Eastern North Carolina

The National Weather Service expects near normal temperatures for the winter across eastern North Carolina.

The National Weather Service issued its winter forecast for the United States on Thursday.  Portions of the Southwest, including Texas and Oklahoma, should see temperatures above normal with dry conditions.  The Northern Plains and Upper Midwest are expected to have a colder than normal winter with a significant amount of snowfall.  Much of the East Coast including eastern North Carolina is expected to have temperatures close to normal.  The general trend for eastern North Carolina would suggest a colder than normal December, a near normal January and a warmer than normal February.  Precipitation is expected to be near to slightly below normal.  Of course, we're still several weeks away from December so it could change a bit.  At this point there are no predictions on the possibility of snow across our area.  Last year was colder and snowier than normal.   

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  • by Brandon Location: ENC on Oct 27, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    Here is the link to a very good video from a meteorologist out of Charlotte:
  • by Anonymous on Oct 26, 2011 at 01:08 PM
    question-what difference is there when the cold air comes from the north or northwest? Also, if possible, can you dumb that down alittle? I looked this stuff up, but still don't understand all of what you mean.
  • by Brandon Location: ENC on Oct 24, 2011 at 09:34 AM
    I think this year is going to be just like last year with the exception that instead of cold coming from the north, it will come from the Northwest. The trough will extend from the Midwest to about Myrtle beach, northward. South of there it will be warm. I think we will see colder temps the beginning of November lasting through mid-January, then a second shot in March. NAO looks to go Negative with the AO, PDO looks to go positive, and solar activity is low. Also, tropical systems take heat from the tropics and redistribute it. Now that fall is here, that heat will not regenerate farther north and as the tropics slow down, they will not bring it north either. Therefore, I think we will see Below average temps, maybe a LITTLE less harsh than last year, and above average precip. I don't think our snow will come from little systems, I think our snows, potentially big, will be lows phasing offshore and deepening as they lifting Northeast. Still very hazy, but AO is the wildcard.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 11:38 AM
    Brandon- what do you say about this? My wife and I have a baby due this winter and want to know what you think.
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      by Brandon on Oct 26, 2011 at 08:35 PM in reply to
      Please read the post above. I think AO is the big wildcard and will make the difference in our weather pattern. All indications are NAO and AO will go negative the next few months. The big question, does it stay that way or trend back up? Stay tuned!

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