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Daryl Ritchison, Published August 26 2012

Weather Talk: Record-breaking warmth unlikely again this winter

With most North Dakota schools starting last week and Labor Day weekend just a week away, many of you are perhaps thinking about autumn and winter more than the last remnants of summer that we have been experiencing lately. This has been evident in numerous conversations I have had in recent days, as nearly every place I go, the same question comes up: “What will our winter be like?”

With an El Nino developing in the Pacific Ocean, you will likely hear that the upcoming winter will be another mild one in this area. Yet, the winter of 2009-10 was an El Nino winter that ended up very cold and snowy. One single parameter does not guarantee certain weather conditions, as many forecasters learned that year.

Therefore, it is too early for a prediction, but one thing I can almost guarantee is this area will probably not experience another record-breaking warm winter, meaning that even if temperatures are near normal this cold season, it is going to feel brutal in comparison to last year.


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