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Prediction calls for warmer, drier winter

Climate Prediction Center releases report

MADISON, Wis. - The Climate Prediction Center is expecting a better chance that the coming winter will be warmer and drier than normal.

The prediction, released last week, said there's a 33 percent chance for warmer than normal temperatures and 33 to 40 percent chance for drier than normal conditions in December, January and February.

During an El Nino, waters in the Pacific Ocean warm, and that has an effect on our weather. The US typically sees colder than normal temperatures in the southern U.S. during an El Nino, and warmer than normal temperatures in the northern U.S. It also tends to stay drier than normal across the Great Lakes region and in the northwestern U.S., and wetter than normal in the southern and southeastern U.S.

Last winter Wisconsin was much colder than average in December, January and February.

News 3 meteorologist Karin Swanson said that even if Wisconsin has normal winter temperatures, it will still be warmer than last winter.


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