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Reason for optimism for haters of winter

October 15, 2009 - Per Peterson
Here’s some good news for those of you who hate it cold but can’t afford to winter in Arizona: In Thursday’s winter outlook, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says an El Nino weather event — warming in parts of the Pacific that affects weather worldwide — will be a major player in America’s winter temperatures. The outlook says the Midwest and Northern United States are likely to have a warmer winter. Forecasters predict warmer than usual temperatures would reach a swath from Washington to Michigan, dipping south to central New Mexico. Alaska also has a higher chance of warmer temperatures. The Old Farmer’s Almanac for 2009 also says that temps will be a couple degrees above normal on average in the Upper Midwest, which includes Minnesota, of course. It says the first half of December will be cold, but January — the worst month of the year because of its long, dark, cold days — is expected to by “much milder than normal” with “occasional cold periods. Look, no one can predict the weather, although experts say El Nino actually makes it easier to do so. So for now, let’s be optimistic about the impending winter. We knew it was coming, and now we know it might be more bearable than we’re used to.


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