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Dreaming of El Niño Winter

August 5, 2012

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I promised several readers last week that I would write about winter.

There is nothing like a heat wave to make you dream of crisp cool winter days and quiet drifts of snow. (Ok, Californians, I know you dream of 72˚ weather and enough rain that you don’t have to water the still blossoming garden.)

If, as most climate experts expect, we have an El Niño, winter might be a bit weird.

Click to expand. Satellite pictures show how El Niños develop. SOURCE: NOAA.

Basically, an El Niño (Spanish for “Little Boy) occurs when the Tropical Pacific is unusually warm, more than 0.5˚C or 0.9˚F hotter than average. It heats the air above it, which allows the atmosphere to hold more moisture. Air pressure changes and that changes wind patterns. The unusual warmth lasts for months. Since the warm area is hundreds of thousands of square miles in size, it usually changes weather around the Pacific Rim and throughout the tropics.

El Niños move. The warmer water drifts east, while new warm water wells up in the center of the Pacific. Eventually the warm water crashes into the west coast of South America, around Ecuador. From there, it drifts north along the West Coast until it is off the coast of California. Warmth shifts north in the West and winds carry it inland. Meanwhile, the Pacific jetstream is shifted north and the southern tier of states wallow in water. (Good news for Texas!)

Click to expand. El Niños bring warmer weather north and cooler weather south. SOURCE: NOAA.

El Niños normally make the northern states and Canada warmer and the southern states and Mexico wetter. Confusing, isn’t it!

Unfortunately, for my Ohio readers, parts of the Midwest have less snow, which means things stay dry.

Of course, El Niño isn’t the only pattern that shapes winter. If an Arctic Oscillation is in a negative mood, it will be cold. The Arctic Oscillation is the king of winter, and a “little boy” cannot fight a king.

So, if you love shoveling snow off your sidewalks, this winter may disappoint you. If you like cool but not frigid weather, El Niño may be your best friend.

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Evelyn Browning Garriss, historical climatologist, blogger, writer for The Old Farmer's Almanac, and editor of The Browning Newsletter, has advised farmers, businesses, and investors worldwide on upcoming climate events and their economic and social impact for the past 21 years.

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Laughs. Idk what this el

By Amanda-Beth

Laughs. Idk what this el stuff dose but acorns and pine cones are dropping which means cold and snowy in north east indiana and Michigan(which I still think is stupid the indiana, Michigan and Ohio are part of Midwest) and its not unusual come January to have 15 below up here and snow freeze over yes snow is frozen water can freeze again. In January we beg up here for anything not in negtives. Admit last yr was warmer then usual clearly by temps and nature it wont be long before brr and snow. But the heat explains why no black cherries from Michigan this yr had to settle for Northwest cherries they aren't as good

So when would know for sure

By LaTrice Lott

So when would know for sure if El Nino is in effective and if the NAO is negative?

I asked my uncle "so what do

By Betty G.

I asked my uncle "so what do you think this winter will be like with an el nino" and he said "if theres one thing ive learned about an el nino winter is that you just dont ever know what that little boy is up to, we may be a bit mild in the winter then we have a nasty March snowstorm or we may end up getting a stormy cold December then you get tricked with the rest of the winter warming up a bit" in his 45 years of studying the weather, el nino plays pranks on us so... who knows! but he said even if el nino does argue for a mild winter, it will be pleasant. We will still have a winter but we wont shiver to death like we did the last few. That is what i like, mild. Not a record warm winter but a winter where we dont have to leave the heat on but so often! a fair share of snow and cold in the mix

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let

By dellinger

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Its all I've got. I don't pretend to understand weather patterns so I really can't discuss them or comment on them. I just really miss seeing snow.

Like you, I love seeing snow.

By Evelyn Browning...

Like you, I love seeing snow. Now, driving in the white stuff, that is a different story.

I also believe this winter

By Karen I.

I also believe this winter should be more of a winter than last. We desperately need that colder winter. Bugs are terrible this year. Will a positive NAO still do us good this winter? I dont want it frigid but atleast colder than last year! When is el nino coming? The midwest needs more moisture. Those snowy winter skies to recover the drought over the winter. We do need that winter in the east and midwest!!

Even if it wasn't strongly

By Evelyn Browning...

Even if it wasn't strongly negative, it would certainly kill a lot of the insects. Frequently El Ninos bring warm, relatively dry winters but it also usually brings lovely wet springtime in the Midwest.

Even if it wasn't strongly

By Evelyn Browning...

Even if it wasn't strongly negative, it would certainly kill a lot of the insects. Frequently El Ninos bring warm, relatively dry winters but it also usually brings lovely wet springtime in the Midwest.

I think here in Texas we are

By JUNJUN

I think here in Texas we are probably gonna have a very cool September with an early frost or freeze coming in early October. I also think it will be rainy all the way from Oct through May with a major risk of severe weather from Late October through Early December followed by a major cold spell in January. I dont think we will see much snow, but freezing rain and ice might be in the offing especially early December and Mid to Late Jan and mid feb.

That sounds like a pleasant

By Evelyn Browning...

That sounds like a pleasant change from the current heat and dry weather.

That sounds like a pleasant

By Evelyn Browning...

That sounds like a pleasant change from the current heat and dry weather.

I love a cold December. As

By McK12

I love a cold December. As long as I get my wonderful beautiful snowy December morning then my winter is all set :) I remember when I was little and i wake up on Christmas morning and I see a frosty, icy winter wonderland outside and id just have that smile on my face when it snowed. Last December was absolutely horrible. It was upsetting and my kids couldnt take time and enjoy the gift of winter time. As long as December 2012 is colder! I want to go back to the past when you came inside and had a mug of hot chocolate after building a snowman and having a snowball fight with my brother! That was good times. Winter brings back alot more memories, i hope this year is a differnt story. Another 2009-10 is what im hoping for! In Virginia you will rarely see a temperature above 60 degrees in the winter, and i want it to stay that way! no more allergies in February

I'm afraid you probably won't

By Evelyn Browning...

I'm afraid you probably won't see a winter like 2009 - 2012. That year the Arctic Oscillation went crazy and was incredibly negative. It caused some record cold and snow!

I'm afraid you probably won't

By Evelyn Browning...

I'm afraid you probably won't see a winter like 2009 - 2012. That year the Arctic Oscillation went crazy and was incredibly negative. It caused some record cold and snow!

Last winter was hardly what I

By Jane Ford

Last winter was hardly what I could call "winter" here in Arkansas. I didn't even use one tank of gas for heating, which is good, but---last summer started early and was so hot and dry, I spent the whole summer inside under the air conditioning. The two winters before that were exceptionally cold, as everyone knows. The iguanas were falling out of the trees in Florida, and the manatees were suffering and looking for warmer water. One found its way up the Mississippi to a waste water outlet that was warmer than the surrounding waters. Now, that seemed like an indication of pole shift. NASA has just come out with something interesting about the space climate and what is happening on the Sun and with the planets as we pass through a region of cosmic clouds, not known before this. I really believe there is some connection. Nothing would surprise me anymore. I like my winters a little bit on the wet and warm side, with at least one nice snow. :)

The sun is doing some really

By Evelyn Browning...

The sun is doing some really crazy stuff. I love writing about "space weather" as well as what we have here in the US and Canada.

Several years ago we had way

By KathyArk

Several years ago we had way too much snow, the kids missed almost three weeks of school. Another year we had ice storms all winter. This past winter lasted for 4 days in November. I'm ready for some normalcy, already. Normal for northern Arkansas; rain starts around Halloween, cold snap around Thanksgiving, 2 or three snows around Christmas, warm a little in January, first of February get more snow (not ice or tornadoes again, Mother Nature, do you hear me?), then snow showers until the middle of March, then slooooowly warming until about the middle of May. Had I been more energetic I could have planted my garden in January, we were hitting upper 70's by then! Ready for it to get back to the way it's supposed to be!

I've been told by some

By Evelyn Browning...

I've been told by some experts that a long-term weather pattern, called the PDO has shifted, meaning we are in for a new "normal". If they are right, we are looking at weather more like what we had in the 1950s rather than what we had in the 1980s and 1990s.

im gonna have to give up on a

By Jennie S.

im gonna have to give up on a winter in the southeast arent i? In North Carolina last winter was unacceptable!! We had an inch of snow last winter. 1 inch?? If we dont get more snow and cold this year then we could be looking at another disaster. I understand.. warm winter days may feel good, but the effects of them are very bad. Our summer is feeding off of our warm, dry winter. If you want water to drink and wet conditions, you need higher snow pack in winter! I miss the winters i once loved and we looked foward to sitting at the fireplace, enjoying a nice, cold Christmas day. We had plenty of that before 2011-12 but non existant winters are probably going to happen for now on, right?

I'm jealous that you got an

By dellinger

I'm jealous that you got an inch of snow. I'm in South Carolina and we got none. Yes, thats right, zero. I had my windows open last winter some days and wore flip flops to work most of the time. I just want it to snow. I'm not asking for much.

Normally El Ninos bring

By Evelyn Browning...

Normally El Ninos bring cooler and wetter winters to the South. You may be in luck.

Ok, so if last winter was

By diane robey v.

Ok, so if last winter was dominated by a very strongly positive NAO that lasted the whole season. Does that mean that even if we do have a positive NAO that it will be less strongly positive? Meaning this winter will be more of a winter. Can we still get cold weather and snow with a positive NAO?

Last winter's NAO was

By Evelyn Browning...

Last winter's NAO was record-breaking for how strongly positive it was and how long it lasted. Most years have the NAO go from positive to negative and back again. Most positive NAO winters have occasional spells of a negative or neutral NAO with a flurry of cold or cool weather.

Iwill take 70 degrees in

By houdini

Iwill take 70 degrees in december january and february and march over a normal winter anytime place you all acan have the snow and cold justgive me 60 degrees at least all yr long

You sound like you need to be

By Evelyn Browning...

You sound like you need to be in Northern California. Some of those cities, like Eureka have mellow weather close to 60 degrees all year.

I have lived in Northern Ca.

By Norcal

I have lived in Northern Ca. all my life. I want to enlighten the rest of the U.S. to the fact we have unpredictable weather here too. Always have in my 42 years...
Early frost causing fruit trees to drop, rained for six weeks solid a couple years ago. Last year hardly a drop. It even snows from time to time up here, though not usually enough to stick for more than a day or two. Summer's hotter & longer lately...
We all share this planet and mother nature 's moods. I think she 's a little angry at us for taking her wealth for granted. She's teaching us who 's boss. All will change again. Like the wise Ms. Browning said, most climate shifts that people are fearful of are long patterns. And I believe that leaves plenty of room for change.

Thank you, Penny13! We as

By Angie Gentley

Thank you, Penny13! We as humans can do our best to understand all of the factors that influence weather around the globe, but we will never fully understand "mother nature," so to speak. That's why great people like Evelyn spend their entire lives studying climate and weather so that it may be better predicted-just as in life, there is no guarantee with weather. Perhaps we as humans are meant to come up with alternative ways of sustaining our existence by using all the knowledge we have to find other methods of growing crops. Ban together and formulate new ways to feed our countries instead of separately suffering. Here in VT, I can see the change of seasons already-the first reds are peeking through a sea of green tree tops. Just a couple trees here and there. The sun still blazes and the humidity is unsurpassed to the VA summers I remember growing up-but fear not; for anyone in the NE, we have just been granted an extra length of growing opportunity-I hope we all can take advantage of that.

Thank you for your generous

By Evelyn Browning...

Thank you for your generous words.

Like you, I hope we can use the increased science of weather and climate to increase healthy food production.

Coming from a long line of

By Lyndon Stivers

Coming from a long line of farmers, I know how crucial a hard freeze is to agriculture. As a child, I hardly recall a single Christmas without snow, but it began to change in the '70's. Now we never know, and a white Christmas is a real treat. We're at the bottom of the Midwest, in Kentucky. And yes, the insects were terrible this year. I hate 90-100 degree weather in the Summer, but I can deal with it as long as it's balanced by a good, solid, frigid Winter stretch. I love the change of seasons, it's magickal!

There is a long-term cycle,

By Evelyn Browning...

There is a long-term cycle, called the PDO that changed in the 1970s, and it really changed a lot of winter patterns. Some experts are claiming that it has changed back and will be bringing back some of that old fashioned weather.

If the experts are right, then white Christmas may become more common again.

I live in SW OK I can't

By OK36

I live in SW OK I can't remember the last BIG snow we had. Will this winter be different?

From everything I have read,

By penny13

From everything I have read, regarding the earth's past, and now it's present, the earth takes care of itself. We should embrace all the changes that are happening with our weather, as these changes are probably happening to preserve our planet earth. Man has survived all types of weather in the earth's history. Mother Earth seems to know what she is doing. Isn't it just like a Mother to clean up after the kid's messes, and make everything nice and organized again? Patience. This is a very big planet to clean up, and a lot of messes that have affected our weather.

I love your perspective. Our

By Evelyn Browning...

I love your perspective. Our ancestors survived weather much tougher than this, and they didn't even have air conditioners.

Very good analogy, Penny!

By Jamie Irene

Very good analogy, Penny! Enjoyed reading your perspective.

A few years back in the

By jeltez42

A few years back in the Almanac newsletter I had read a weather saying that the first fog in August was an indicator of when the first frost would come in September. Well, if this holds, Michigan should see a very early frost this year. Not that I am complaining, mind you, but we have struggled to get out of the 60's for the past week.

As for this winter, I will take anything as long as it is not like the last one. With 75-90% of our fruit crops lost, who wants to see a repeat of that. March temps of 70F are not cause for celebration. The rest of winter had above normal temps and below normal precipitation; that was a stressor for crops too.

Oh no -- I lost our cherry

By Evelyn Browning...

Oh no -- I lost our cherry crop here and can sympathize.

Most El Ninos bring a double dip winter to your part of the country -- cool early and late winter, but warmer during mid-winter. Insects get killed but sometimes spring storms hurt fruit blossoms.

Will fall get here soon? our

By nannie J

Will fall get here soon? our meteorologists told us that the jet stream and NAO wont act the same this fall like it did last year which means us having another record warm winter are very very little becuase should still be neutral or even negative at times this fall and winter. That is music to my ears! El Nino usually supplies more moisture in the mid atlantic area and when the moisture clashes with a shot of cold air... BAM! winter is here. Bye Bye summer! go away so i can turn off my AC! My air bill was high enough this summer

I feel the air bill pain! He

By Evelyn Browning...

I feel the air bill pain!

He sounds right about the NAO. An El Nino may give you a warm winter if you are in the northern states or Canada, but not as warm as last winter's record positive NAO.

I feel the air bill pain! He

By Evelyn Browning...

I feel the air bill pain!

He sounds right about the NAO. An El Nino may give you a warm winter if you are in the northern states or Canada, but not as warm as last winter's record positive NAO.

I feel the air bill pain! He

By Evelyn Browning...

I feel the air bill pain!

He sounds right about the NAO. An El Nino may give you a warm winter if you are in the northern states or Canada, but not as warm as last winter's record positive NAO.

I HATE SNOW. I live in

By Becca Schmidle

I HATE SNOW. I live in Northeastern West Virginia, so we get a lot of snow. Many years, Preston County tops Buffalo, NY. Snow wouldn't be too bad, except driving on Mountain Roads that aren't maintained or cleared. Sliding and getting stuck in ditches is NO fun.

Are you sure these above

By Denise Seamster

Are you sure these above average temperatures can go away? 7 month streak of record warmth in 2012, is there any reason to believe we will stop there? I wouldnt be surprised if this winter would be warmer than last winter due to the fact to this year being so warm, i just cant count on us going back to normal anymore. Is it possible we could have heard the last of the record heat? August has been cooler and rainier in the midwest and east. Im noticing much less heat but i dont know.. August will some how find a way to be the 8th month of record breaking heat, can things still change between now and winter? Will el nino flip things around a bit? Please say yes! I want this year to return to more normal weather

Like you, I would like more

By Evelyn Browning...

Like you, I would like more normal weather. It might take a while with the Atlantic waters being so warm and the Gulf Stream flowing so fast. Sorry!

This reminds me of a wisdom

By Jamie Irene

This reminds me of a wisdom that I saw on Sun-gazing.com. The picture is of a 1940's era where a mother and daughter are sitting together and knitting. The little girls asks, "Mom.....what is Normal?" To which the mother replies, " It's just a setting on the Dryer, honey."
I think when we finally give up trying to control and quantify everything in our material environment we will come to embrace change.....and Polar Shifts...as catalysts for emotional, mental and spiritual growth.
We can only hope.......

Why does everyone ignore the

By Jamie Irene

Why does everyone ignore the current magnetic shift of the Poles??? Or the Intense solar radiation bombarding Earth right now due to the diminishing Magnetosphere??? Surely these are related to the current weather patterns?

I don't think people are

By jeltez42

I don't think people are really intentionally ignoring this topic. You may want to search on Space Weather.

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

Do these phenomena impact our weather/climate, yes they do. The question lies in how much and will Ground (instead of Space) Weather people be able to measure it and then be able to connect the dots.

Keep in mind that Modern Weather/Climate science as we know it today is a new field (Vanguard 2 launched in 1959, not a success, TIROS 1 launched in 1960 and worked for 78 days). Sun (Sol) research is even newer with the advent of the SOHO project, which launced in 1995.

http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/home.html

Then throw in the new research that suggests cold temperatures aids in the destruction of stratospheric ozone and that warm temperatures actually help increase ozone concentration. The key is temperature based cloud formation and subsequent activation of chlorine.

http://www.usgcrp.gov/usgcrp/seminars/000714FO.html

Just when we thought we had things all figured out and knew everything, Mother Nature threw us a curve ball. A great thing for curious people but a bad thing for people in the Midwest with brand new cross-country skis that will most likely go unused for ANOTHER season.

That would be interesting to

By Evelyn Browning...

That would be interesting to write about. There is some science that relates the shifting magnetic poles to changes in the weather, but it is a very l-o-n-g weather cycle.

I will write about it in a few weeks when I have a chance to reread the science again.

That's all I think about. I

By Adam M

That's all I think about. I predicted that we will actually miss winter with kind of a Monty Python thing going from Summer to Spring, then from Spring to Summer again, and from Summer directly to winter, which will last for a while, then give way to spring again.

Yeah, well live in Arkansas a

By Johnette Reynolds

Yeah, well live in Arkansas a while. You never know what the weather will be. We have a saying, "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes; it will change." I have literally seen it sunny and 90 degrees at 9 the morning in December, and snowing by 3 in the afternoon. We never get snow and have to completely shut down everything if we get two inches of ice because no one knows how to drive in it. People live without power for weeks! I hope it stays warm all winter, but we sure need rain all year long.

I live in a persistent squall

By Antje

I live in a persistent squall area, right off of Lake Ontario. Last winter was great- didn't have to have the driveway plowed once! I pay attention to the fruit cover of the Mountain Ash tree- heavy with orange berries means lots of snow in winter. This year, the fruit on the tree does not even bend the branches, so I am not expecting much snow.
Of course, lake effect can always change that.

I have noticed the trees

By hquest_98

I have noticed the trees where I live, too! In east TN the trees will give larger fruit if the winter is colder and/or more snowfall. Also, I noticed that many of the trees will bear their fruit and drop it early if the winter weather will come earlier!

As a person who was a child

By Evelyn Browning...

As a person who was a child in Buffalo NY, I know about lake effect snow and how it can change the weather.

I never heard of the Mountain Ash weather lore. It will be interesting to see if it works.

Really!?! I live in MI and

By Turtle65

Really!?! I live in MI and last years wasn't terrible, but I LOVE to ski! I bought new skies and want to use them! Last year, on my birthday (March 20) we were skiing in upper 70 degree weather! It was cool in a way, but I WANT SOME SNOW! ;-)

The holiday season doesn't

By Danni

The holiday season doesn't start for me unless we get a few snowflakes on Thanksgiving and yes, I'd like a white Christmas just as log as it snows a bit Christmas Eve and melts on the 26th. While I don't mind snow ice, wind and freezing temps I can do without.

I love reading your blog!!

By Gracy

I love reading your blog!! You just explain everything in such a simple way. Hopefully we will get a break in south texas and northern Mexico from the scorching heat of this summer.

Thank you. Usually the New

By Evelyn Browning...

Thank you.

Usually the New Mexico/Texas/Northern Mexico areas get hit with lovely cool temperatures. Sometimes El Ninos even cause it to snow in El Paso.

Thank you for explaining

By vevecurl

Thank you for explaining things so easily, my daughter is excited to show your explanation of El Nino to her class. And we are really hoping for snow here in El Paso!!

HOPE we get some moisture in

By elaine toth

HOPE we get some moisture in the ground this winter. I realize everyone hates snow but we NEED it.

Have all of the snow that you

By Baby Duck

Have all of the snow that you want, just keep it out of the South. We hate snow like the Devil hates Holy Water.

I'm with u on that. I live in

By andysc

I'm with u on that. I live in SC. Last winter was not that bad. I dread to see fall and winter come. I don't even like to go outside when its cold. But when u got cows a bellerin for hay, u got to pull out the coveralls, insulated boots, etc. By the time I get dressed I'm to tired to even get the cows fed. I hope El Nino throws us some warmer temps this winter although it sounds as if it makes us colder. With all the weird weather lately, maybe it will get confused too, and warm us up.

Ok, gotta be honest, I would

By Michelleurf

Ok, gotta be honest, I would like lots and lots of snow and REALLY cold temps......I've had enough of this "mild winter" stuff.... The bugs this spring were beyond awful because we had NO really good, frigid days to kill 'em off last winter......the gnats were the worst! Plus, I just love snow and cold.....living in central IL, I get all the extremes of weather - from stifling heat to well-below-zero, from this awful drought to massive floods.....but I miss the storms and the blizzards - we just don't get those much anymore...... we haven't had a decent thunderstorm in two years now......and I don't even remember the last tornado warning- (not that I'm wanting to get hit w/ one of THOSE....but the weather leading up to it is amazing.... LOL)

I live in Massachusetts right

By Blacjaguar

I live in Massachusetts right now. I JUST started to learn how to snowboard in March 2011, right at the end of the season, so it was slushy and rainy. This 2011-2012 season...the WHOLE SEASON was slushy and rainy! Ski places were closing left and right for entire days, losing money, and I lost TONS of practice time!!! I'd love a mild winter this year, but not SO mild that the snow that the ski places are making just melts right off the mountains. Well, no matter what, there's going to be a major New England blizzard on December 11, because my first baby is due then, and that's just how luck works!! :-) :-) :-)

Congratulations! Here's

By Evelyn Browning...

Congratulations! Here's hoping that the snow comes after you and the baby are safely home.

hi evelyn i familiar with the

By wayne ranieri

hi evelyn i familiar with the browning newsletter and remember when your father was alive how he used the moon as an iimportant part in tidal forces effecting the planet thanks wayne

Before last winter, we had

By V. Boyd70

Before last winter, we had stable cold weather patterns in the winter. The grounds stayed frozen, snowfall fell at the right time, and our lakes and ponds were solid. Even with el nino winters, they were still winter like. You never had to worry about warm winter days budding trees up early then got ruined by a bite of reality in April with subfreezing cold snaps and snow. Now its like, whats a winter? Do they still exist? Honestly, I just want a winter like we had before this year. Do you think we should still have more of a winter than last? even with the el nino in place. (northeast) Come on winter, we need you here! Warm winters cause nothing but trouble. This year proved that, we all count on our winters

We had an almost record

By Evelyn Browning...

We had an almost record breaking positive NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation). When that happens, the cold Arctic air remains trapped in the North. Now the NAO is mostly neutral or positive. I don't expect it will be as abnormally warm for a second year in a row.

My perfect winter would be

By Jillian B.

My perfect winter would be snowy but not too cold; but if it is going to be unusually warm (some days near or above freezing) it might as well be dry-nothing is worse than rain/freeze/ice, rain/freeze/ice, over and over! Here in MN we saw a lot of that the past two years. Nightmarish roads! I love snow but I hate ice.

I'm with you on hating ice,

By Evelyn Browning...

I'm with you on hating ice, especially on the roads. A spinning car is no fun.

100% with you on that. Im all

By Bobbi A S.

100% with you on that. Im all for a cold winter but i dont want frigid either. I live in the midwest and im sick of it being 100 degrees in the summer. All we had was icy roads everyday this year in the winter. Not as much snow but we sure did have enough ice on the roads to last us all season. When your driving to go to work at 7:00 am in the pitch black you dont know whats on these roads! Even if its 30-35 degrees in the daytime all that water turns into pure solid ice at night. Snow is fine but ice is what gets me worrying. People in the deep south just dont know what a nightmare winter can be sometimes

El Nino is my bestfriend! La

By Brenda Lynn

El Nino is my bestfriend! La Nina is mean because she made this years weather so bad. Im not asking for a nasty frigid winter anyway. Im in Virginia and I just dream of a nice cool December day with temps in the upper 30s-40s (not 20s!) and maybe get a few inches of snow enough to make it a winter wonderland outside. Then January and February can be a little milder with a few flurries here or there. Not as warm as last winter!! but mild days with cold, frosty nights. That would be my perfect winter

I hope you can have a perfect

By Evelyn Browning...

I hope you can have a perfect winter.

One warning -- sometimes El Ninos are tricky. We have had a number of years where winter was warm and then -- wham -- late winter/early spring has a huge Nor'easter.

YES!!!!! SNOW DAYS FOR NW

By The teacher

YES!!!!! SNOW DAYS FOR NW OHIO! We haven't had a snow day in a couple of years:-(

what will happen if we don't

By greta meyer

what will happen if we don't get any snow this winter.

I want a winter wonderland

By Eleanor

I want a winter wonderland for this Christmas. NYC didn't really get any snow last winter and it saddened me. I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada originally and even they didn't get the typical 6 feet of snow! But yes... snow for Christmas, and then a few flurries the rest of Winter. I agree!!!!

I knew something wasent right

By Brenda Lynn

I knew something wasent right last winter. We only had 7 inches of snow and I heard NYC only got about 2 inches. I was thinking "this is backwards, NY should have more than us" Our average is about 19 per year so we were in a snow drought too but it was 80 degrees one day in feb and I was AMAZED! Ive never seen that before in the middle of winter but that was a one day thing. It got downright cold after that but we may never see something like that again

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