What’s winter going to be like in 2016? Here’s a prediction

winter weather outlook 2016

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center issued their winter outlook Thursday, calling for more of what we’ve seen recently weather-wise: a general trend toward above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation.

This is based on increasing chances of a “La Nina” pattern developing (that’s cooler than average ocean water in the eastern Pacific), which would trend our weather toward this pattern.

Storm Team 7 Meteorologist Dan Bickford says that it’s not yet a certainty that La Nina will occur…or be strong enough to exert much influence.

This could lead to a more “average” winter…in which case the odds of being above or below-normal for both temperatures and precipitation may even out.

Dan also points out that these are AVERAGES over three months. It’s entirely likely there will be cold snaps and wet periods in there.

Only once in recorded history has there been no snow in a winter season at GSP.

So, as with every other winter, there’s a good bet you’ll see snow at some point!

winter weather outlook 2016

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