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BLOG: Will there be any winter?

(Source: NOAA) (Source: NOAA)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

People keep asking if there will be any winter this year. Today I walked outside and took pictures of blooming tulips… on March 5. At this point what would be best? Would a little shot of winter do us some good in the long run? Would it just ruin all of the things that are already blooming? Either way, there’s not much we can do about it – other than enjoy it.

Here are the 6-10 day outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center:

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In the temperature graphic, the orange and red colors indicate the probability of above average temperatures. In North Carolina, we have a 50% chance of having above average temperatures through mid-March. In most of South Carolina, we have about a 60% chance for above average temperatures.

Here’s some good news. We have about a 50% probability of above average precipitation. We could that as we creep toward drier and drier conditions.

But how about farther out than that? Here is the March-May outlook: http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/lead01/off01_temp.gif.

Looks like we’re in for more above average temperatures through the rest of winter and into spring.

How about April-June?... https://www.weather.gov/images/climate/national_maps/national_dscale_2.jpg

While we’re at it… May-July…https://www.weather.gov/images/climate/national_maps/national_dscale_3.jpg

Those all look pretty much the same, don’t they? Now keep in mind, this doesn’t call an end to our chances for winter weather. For one thing, these are long range forecasts. Plus they are just three-month averages.

There can be a lot of variability over a three month period, even if overall, it is warmer than average. Still, for the warm weather lovers out there, your probability of above average happiness looks pretty high. 

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