Weather Experts Predicting Tough Sledding This Winter
I realize that the photo to your left may bring to mind some “chilling” thoughts but, according to UPI, after one of the longest, hottest summers in history weather experts are saying that the upcoming winter season may be especially harsh. Last year’s winter weather was unusually mild with little snowfall and above average temperatures but this year it could be a totally different story, particularly here in the northeast. What’s going on you ask?
The presence — and strength — of El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean are used to project how active the winter season will be, forecasters said. El Nino warming of ocean water and the air above it causes weather patterns to change globally, and El Nino winters feature a strong southern branch of the jet stream across the United States, AccuWeather.com said. When the strong southern jet stream phases with the northern branch of the jet stream, meteorologists said, big storms can hit the east coast.
Forecasters say the I-95 corridor between New York and Boston could see several large snowstorms with the Mid-Atlantic states in for heavier amounts as well. So far the outlook for several New York has been mixed.