Updated Winter Outlook
By Steve MacLaughlin on November 26, 2012, 8:00pm Last modified: November 28, 2012, 1:50pm
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Winter officially begins on December 21st at 6:12am, but "meteorological winter" is just a few days away...comprising the months of December, January and February. Not to mention with one significant snow storm already in the books, most people would agree winter is already here.
The image above is the three-month precipitation outlook from the Climate Prediction Center. It shows a dry winter for much of the west coast and especially Northern California. Above-normal precip is looking likely in the southern midwest into the Ohio-Tennessee Valley. For us here in Connecticut, a normal or average year is in the forecast. And that makes statistical sense given that last winter passed us by while the two winters before that broke records. So what is normal for snowfall? Inland areas can expect about 48" of snow while the shorleline usually gets about 28" of snow in a normal year.
The next page focuses on temperatures...