NOAA: Dry conditions likely to linger across NC during winter

Posted November 21, 2013

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— Central and eastern North Carolina could be drier than average during the winter season, helping exacerbate abnormally dry conditions that already exist across much of the state, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association said Thursday in its annual winter weather outlook.

Rainfall from Tropical Storm Andrea ended abnormally dry conditions across the state in mid-June, but they have returned throughout the fall.

In terms of temperatures, forecasters said there are no large trends that point to warmer or colder weather for North Carolina. Current Temperatures, DMA Temperature Tracker

Much of the upper Southeast and Mid-Atlantic falls into NOAA's so-called "equal chances" range for temperatures, which means there is an equal chance for above-, near- or below-normal temperatures. 

Mike Halpert, the director of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said neither El Niño or La Niña will impact the climate during the upcoming winter. 

“It’s a challenge to produce a long-term winter forecast without the climate pattern of an El Niño or a La Niña in place out in the Pacific because those climate patterns often strongly influence winter temperature and precipitation here in the United States,” he said in a statement. 

“Without this strong seasonal influence, winter weather is often affected by short-term climate patterns. So it’s important to pay attention to your local daily weather forecast throughout the winter.”

NOAA did not provide any forecast for snowfall, and Halpert again pointed to more time-sensitive forecasts that are available days before a storm develops and moves across any part of the country.


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  • McLovin Nov 22, 2013

    geez just watched the video...waste of 3 and half minutes

  • McLovin Nov 22, 2013

    NOAA says it going to be a warm winter, while the next 8-15 day temperature outlook is significantly below normal. Yeah i know its still fall, but it is still humorous.

  • censorbait Nov 22, 2013

    NOAA is just like Obama. You can't trust what they say. Keep your snow boots and umbrellas handy.

  • Half Red Half Blue Nov 22, 2013

    I will keep my floaties handy just in case.

  • caniacfan Nov 22, 2013

    Considering we've been 'below normal' for the past few years, maybe they need to rethink and see if that should be the new normal for us...

  • living the dream Nov 21, 2013

    Last I heard we were 4+ inches above average for the year. I'm confused.

  • camperzsale Nov 21, 2013

    yeah, because the predictions about Hurricane season were soo accurate we are supposed to believe any kind of winter predictions? Sure.


    Exactly. These people cannot even predict anything accurately within a 24 hour time frame. Let alone over a few moths of winter. Take it with a grain of salt people. It is usually a slow news day that has them turn to the drought news.

  • snowl Nov 21, 2013

    Dry is good. It rained too much over the summer. Also this will mean less chance for icy conditions on the roadways this winter.

  • Mika Nov 21, 2013

    It's coming to point that when all those national weather agencies tell us to prepare for something, doing the opposite is more practical.

  • remer54 Nov 21, 2013

    Having to water the winter rye now to keep my yard from eroding.