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Canada Winter Forecast

Well Above-Normal Temperatures to Envelop Western Canada

Western Canada residents should expect another winter with above- to well above-normal temperatures, as a prevailing westerly flow delivers milder Pacific air across the region. Compared to last winter, there will be more snow across the coastal mountains of western British Columbia, which includes the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Farther east in the Rockies of eastern British Columbia and western Alberta, snowfall will underachieve this winter. The majority of the snow in this region will fall during the first half of the winter before a drier pattern sets up during January and February.

Drier and milder weather will be a dominant theme across the Prairie region this winter as the Polar jet stream gets displaced farther to the north. This pattern will greatly limit the amount and duration of Arctic air masses that normally impact the region. Average temperatures could be as much as 3 degrees Celsius (5.5 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal this winter in cities such as Edmonton, Calgary and Regina.

Significant snowfall events will be few and far between across the region as the primary storm track will generally remain farther south across the central and southern U.S.

Increased Risk for Ice Storms in Ontario, Quebec

This coming winter will not be nearly as cold as last winter thanks in part to El Niño. This should lead to a noticeable difference in heating bills compared to last year.

Unfortunately, the winter pattern will also favor an increased risk of ice storms, especially from eastern Ontario to southern Quebec, including the cities of Ottawa and Montreal. Much of Ontario, including the lake-effect snow belts will have less snowfall compared to normal, as the main storm track shifts to the south and east during January and February.

As the storm track shifts toward the East Coast later in January and February, there will be an increased risk for significant snowfall events across eastern Quebec, including the Gaspe Peninsula.

Stormy but Mild Conditions Forecast for Most of Atlantic Canada

The combination of a strong El Niño and warmer-than-usual sea-surface waters surrounding the region will lead to slightly higher temperatures compared to normal this winter. The winter could turn snowy again from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island, especially the second half of the winter. The milder conditions will favor a greater tendency for storms that initially bring snow, but change to ice or rain, especially across Nova Scotia. Much of Newfoundland will experience a milder winter with a reduced number of major storms.

Canada Winter Forecast 2015/2016

Canada Winter Forecast 2015/2016


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Winter Outlook

A colder than average winter may be on the horizon for portions of the Southwest, Southern Plains, Southeast and East Coast, according to a December 2015-February 2016 temperature outlook released by The Weather Channel Professional Division on Friday.

Warmer-than-average temperatures are expected from the West Coast, the Northwest in particular, eastward into the Upper Midwest and interior sections of the Northeast.

The best chance for cold conditions in the East will come later in the winter.

El Niño is expected to play a large role in temperatures this winter, but strong blocking of the upper-level pattern over the north Atlantic Ocean that began this summer may also play an important role this winter.

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“The strength and location or ‘flavor’ of the El Niño event suggests that a very warm 1982-83 or 1997-98 winter is quite possible,” said Dr. Todd Crawford, WSI chief meteorologist. “However, there is some risk of big blocking this winter, driven either by a premature weakening and westward shift (towards the dateline) of the El Niño impacts or by just a general tendency for stronger high-latitude blocking. While this blocking potential does add colder risks for the upcoming winter, we are still leaning towards a slightly cooler variation of the very warm 1982 and 1997 strong Niño events.”

The European computer forecast model, which Crawford notes has done well with long-lead forecasts, “shows the focus of the ridging to be from western North America north to the pole, which implies colder risks for at least part of the eastern U.S. this winter, especially late.”

At this early stage, it appears that there is a greater chance of less blocking, which would lead to a warmer winter. However, if there is a change to more western-based El Niño or the blocking tendency that started this summer persists than more blocking is likely, leading to a colder winter in the East.

The current forecast is for a slightly colder winter compared to the 1982-83 and 1997-98 strong El Nino winters.

Tom Niziol, winter weather expert for The Weather Channel, adds that “if the current forecast is driven by the odds of a strong El Nino pattern, then it would suggest that parts of the nation will see a much different winter than they have seen in the past two years, most notably California, where a wetter forecast will be welcome news to most people”.

Next Three Months

In the meantime, the warm pattern across much of the central and northeastern U.S. may continue into October. However, cold air will likely plunge into the central U.S. by late October, while the East and West coasts are expected to remain warm.

The south-central U.S., from Arizona into the southern Plains, will likely see below-average temperatures overall in October. Otherwise, the remainder of the country will see above-average conditions with the East seeing well-above average temperatures.

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In November, temperatures are expected to be cooler than average from southern California into parts of the Southwest, as well as into the central and southern Plains and even portions of the Lower Mississippi Valley in November.

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Otherwise, mainly warmer than average temperatures are likely with parts of the Northeast and Southeast seeing much warmer conditions than average.

There is also agreement in the climate models in focusing the area of well-above average temperatures along the East Coast in November.

A shift in the warmer-than-average temperatures is expected in December, resembling the classic strong El Niño, with well-above average temperatures stretching from the Pacific Northwest through the northern Plains and into the Great Lakes and western sections of the Northeast.

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Cooler than average temperatures will likely be found from Arizona eastward through Texas and into the South, including Florida.

This cooler southern tier may partially be a reflection of generally wetter-than-average conditions in a strong El Niño. In other words, more clouds and rain leads to cooler temperatures as the southern or subtropical branch of the jet stream is typically stronger.

The climate models are in good agreement with establishing the classic El Niño winter signature of above-average temperatures in the northern tier of the U.S. and below-average temperatures in the southern tier of the U.S.

For more information regarding this year’s winter outlook, please visit the weather channel.


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2015 US Fall Forecast

Warm Weather to Kick off Fall for Mid-Atlantic, Northeast

An expected strong El Niño will lead to beneficial rain for Southern California, but it may be delayed until late fall and winter; meanwhile, flooding and mudslides will threaten the Four Corners region, in addition to some mid-fall snow.

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2015 US Fall Forecast Highlights

Fall will get off to a warm start in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic before cooler, more seasonable air settles in during late September.

After a bitterly cold winter of 2014-2015, the winter of 2015-2016 will be milder. However, the season will be stormy with near- to above-normal snowfall in the offing for many, which could influence temperatures downward late in the season.

The moisture may transpire as flooding rains for the mid-Atlantic early, until mid- to late-season when it can be cold enough for snowfall in cities such as Philadelphia and New York City. Overall, the heaviest snow of the season will most likely fall north and west of these areas.

One or Two Tropical Systems in Offing for the Southeast

Despite below-normal numbers predicted for the Atlantic hurricane season, the Southeast could still get one or two impacts into the fall.

Regardless of potential tropical impacts, a significant amount of moisture will still make its way into the Southeast through late fall and beyond.

When winter rolls around, severe weather will reignite in Florida, while areas from eastern Texas to Virginia will face rounds of rain and the threat for flooding.

Cooler-Than-Normal Air to Chill Midwest and Great Lakes Area

This fall, the Midwest will be milder overall compared to fall of 2014, but it doesn’t mean the crop-growing region will be in the clear of occasional early shots of cold air.

Wild temperature swings are possible at times, with quick snaps of cold followed by a week of warmer weather.

As for late fall and into the early winter season, there is an opportunity for a storm track to come to places like Chicago and Indianapolis, according to long-range forecasters.

Mild Air to Stretch Across Northern Plains; Southern Plains to Remain Wet, Cool

Mild air will infiltrate the northern Plains into the fall as warmth that has built up over the summer in the Northwest and western Canada spreads eastward.

Come winter, snowfall for the region is predicted to be below normal.

In the southern Plains, increased rainfall, below-normal temperatures and limited sunshine will define autumn.

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2015-2016 US Winter Forecast Highlights

Fire Danger to Worsen in California, Northwest

High heat going into the fall and increasingly dry conditions will allow an already brutal wildfire season to worsen across much of California and the Northwest.

Into October, the region could also get some late-season 90-degree days.

However, in California, Santa Ana winds will be at fault through September and October. This will bolster the fire threat, in what has already been a deadly and destructive season.

Some rain is possible for the drought-stricken state from October to November, though it will hardly make up for the existing deficit.

The greatest chance for denting or eliminating the long-term drought will be in winter and early spring with the help of a strong El Niño.

Wild Weather to Grip Southwest, Four Corners

After a few years of drought conditions for the Four Corners region, heavy rain can settle in this fall leading to significant flooding and mudslide events through November.

Drought conditions have fueled wildfires over the past few years, resulting in unrecovered burn scar areas.

By November, temperatures will drop well below normal across the Southwest, leading to a very active, wet and snowy season, typical of an El Niño pattern.


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