STATE COLLEGE, PA October 21, 2004 AccuWeather.com meteorologists stated today that the November through January period will be highlighted by colder-than-normal temperatures east of the Mississippi River. This includes high energy use regions in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
AccuWeather.com announced this cold start to winter in the eastern third of the nation as part of its 30/90 day forecast for the November/December/January period.
Much of the eastern half of the nation will be near to slightly below normal in November. This may bring an early start to winter as the coldest weather of November relative to normal may occur in the latter part of the month. Areas most likely to average a few degrees colder than normal include the upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes. The western third of the nation is likely to average a few degrees warmer than normal during November.
Precipitation is expected to be above normal along the immediate East Coast and also over the eastern Great Lakes area. The northern Plains southward to the Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley should have near-normal precipitation in November while much of the southern Plains and the southern and central Rockies will be drier than normal. California to the northern Rockies should have near-normal precipitation while the Pacific Northwest should have above-normal precipitation.
November Through January Forecast
The November through January outlook is for colder-than-normal weather to cover most of the eastern third of the nation. In the central and eastern Plains to Montana, temperatures should average near normal while the rest of the U.S. from the Rockies westward should have above-normal temperatures.
Precipitation during the next 90 days may be below normal from the central Rockies to west Texas, but near normal over most of the rest of the nation, including California, southern Arizona and western Nevada, an area which needs precipitation because of recent drought conditions. Above-normal precipitation should occur in the East Coast states and over the Pacific Northwest.
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