After a year of unprecedented warmth – both during the winter and summer months – the great debate over whether or not Old Man Winter will return with a vengeance is on.
Last winter was the fourth warmest for the contiguous 48 since record
keeping began in 1895, with 24 states experiencing below-normal
precipitation. In fact, California experienced its second driest winter
ever. In only 10 states—chiefly across the nation’s midsection— was
winter precipitation above normal.
The situation became critical this past spring and summer with
broiling hot temperatures across much of the country and the most severe
drought conditions the nation has seen in more than 50 years.
For the coming season, we’re predicting that winter will return to
some – but not all – areas. We think it will be a “winter of contraries,
as if Old Man Winter were cutting the country in half. The eastern half
of the country will see plenty of cold and snow. The western half will
experience relatively warm and dry condition. In other words, as in the
political arena, the climate this winter will render us a nation
divided. For more follow this link http://www.farmersalmanac.com/weather/2012/08/26/will-winter-return-with-a-vengeance/