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Ready For A Warmer Winter?

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   Last winter is still tough to think about this time of year. But, there’s good news. The long term forecast calls for an upcoming, much milder winter ahead.

Mark Ewens, National Weather Service: “We’ve been more in the La Nina mode, now we’re switching to an El Nino mode and that typically brings warmer temperatures ad dryer weather across the Northern Plains during the winter months.”

  Ewens says there is currently more warm water along the equator in the Pacific, which sets us up for this, November forecast.

Mark Ewens: “You can see that circulation around that low pressure system bring warmer air to a large area of the northwestern, North American continent, as far east as the Red River Valley.”

 Unfortunately, that long term forecast calling for a moderate winter, doesn’t bode that well for us short term. In fact, it could mean stormy weather ahead.

Mick Kjar, VNL: “Although there’s never 100-percent certainly in weather, usually the onset of an El Nino means for the Midwest anyway, a little more rain and probably more days like today… a few more storms out there.”

  Even the weather experts don’t put a lot of faith in those long term forecasts that stretch out to next winter. However, short term It appears they’re right on the money, with rainy, possibly storm weather ahead.

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