NOAA predicts over 60% warmer, drier weather conditions in the south for winter 2020-21
SAN ANGELO — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting warmer and drier weather in the south this winter season, according to the 2020-21 Winter Outlook released Thursday, Oct. 15.
Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, favor warmer, drier conditions across the southern tier of the U.S., and cooler, wetter conditions in the North because of La Nina.
“With La Nina well established and expected to persist through the upcoming 2020 winter season, we anticipate the typical, cooler, wetter North, and warmer, drier South,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
Texas is predicted to have temperatures 64% above normal with below normal precipitations.
"The greatest chances for drier-than-average conditions are predicted in the Southwest, across Texas along the Gulf Coast and in Florida," according to a NOAA release.
Also, with a La Nina climate pattern in place, southern parts of the U.S. may experience expanded and intensifying drought during the winter.
"Widespread, ongoing drought is currently in place across the western half of the continental U.S. as a result of the weak Southwest summer monsoon season and near-record-high temperatures," according to the release.
The NOAA outlook does not project seasonal snowfall accumulations; snow forecasts are generally not predictable more than a week in advance.
"Seasonal outlooks help communities prepare for what is likely to come in the months ahead and minimize weather's impacts on lives and livelihoods," according to NOAA.
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center updates the three-month outlook each month. The next update will be available Nov. 19, 2020.