2009-2010 Winter Outlook

2009-2010 Winter Outlook

POSTED: Friday, October 16, 2009 - 7:40am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 2:21pm

As mentioned earlier this week in this weather blog, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) put out it's Winter Weather outlook as of October 15th. Meteorological Winter begins December 1st and lasts until the last day of February. In this blog entry I will not go over all of the information they've provided by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. Instead I'm going to provide the highlights for Texas, New Mexico, and portion of the Southwest U.S. Thanks to the effects of a weak to moderate strength El Niño event; there are expectations of a wetter than normal winter in the Borderland along with much of Texas, New Mexico, and the Border States. Winter temperatures are expected to remain cooler than normal for a good part of Texas. However Borderland temperatures will likely be near normal, while upstate New Mexico and much of the Intermountain West will likely see above normal temperatures through the winter months. It should be noted that there will always be fluctuations in the weather and that these types of forecasts show expected trends. But from what I conclude from this forecast is this: the winter in El Paso & the Borderland this year will probably be a little cooler than last year's mild winter and it's likely we'll see at least one measurable snow storm near or in the region. This conclusion is based only on the information provided and not the opinion of Newschannel 9. Though I have to admit, the wish of snow is a personal bias of mine, being a native Midwesterner and a admitted snow lover! If you'd like to see the complete winter outlook, check out the Climate Prediction Center website or click on this link: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2009/20091015_winteroutlook.html

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