The state of Oregon may be in for a warm winter, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.
NOAA’s seasonal outlook projects a 33-40% chance of higher than average temperatures in the northwestern half of Oregon. In the southwestern half, the probability goes up by 10%. Precipitation will remain at normal levels throughout the state. El Nino and La Nina levels are likely to remain neutral through the winter.
Deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center, Mike Halpert says “Without either El Nino or La Nina conditions, short-term climate patterns like the Arctic Oscillation will drive winter weather and could result in large swings in temperature and precipitation.” So, look for a return to more variability.
The warm winter will not be unique to Oregon, as NOAA’s forecast predicts above-average temperatures in all but the Midwestern states.
By Brandon Urey