Depending on where you live, it could be a very wet or quite dry season.

Everyone has their favorite (or least-liked) season. In fall, the temperatures are mild and the leaves are gorgeous. But then there's winter, with colder temperatures and more precipitation.

To help you prepare, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its weather predictions for the upcoming season.

winter weather map
Credit: Courtesy of NOAA

"We anticipate the typical, cooler, wetter North, and warmer, drier South, as the most likely outcome of winter weather that the U.S. will experience this year," says Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

Unfortunately, an extensive drought continues to cover half of the continental United States. Because of a La Nina, a weather pattern that causes warm temperatures in the South and cooler temperatures in the North, the drought will intensify in California, the southern and central plains, and the eastern Gulf Coast. However, circumstances will be better for those in the Northwest, New England, northern Rockies, Alaska, and Hawaii this winter.

Weather Predictions for the South

Those in the South, Southwest, Southeast, and Gulf states are likely to see warmer-than-normal temperatures. Drier-than-average conditions in the Southwest, Texas, the Gulf Coast and Florida are expected. Those in the Southeast will probably have normal to slightly drier weather. However, if you live in Hawaii, you're likely to see more precipitation than usual.

Weather Predictions for the North

Although it sounds pretty comfortable for those in the southern states, it won't be for those up north. NOAA, which oversees the National Weather Service, forecasts below average or typical temperatures for the northern Plains, the Pacific Northwest and southern Alaska. There will be wetter-than-normal weather for anyone living in the Northern Plains, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Pacific Northwest and northern Alaska. Those living in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast regions are expected to see normal precipitation for the area. And the Central Plains, Southern Alaska, California and the Rockies probably will see slightly drier conditions.

No matter where you live, prepare your garden, your car and, of course, your home for winter weather.


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