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NOAA Winter Outlook 2016-17

Greetings Climate Matters Meteorologists,

NOAA released its Winter Outlook for 2016-17 this morning. Their outlook is based on the development of a weak La Niña, suggesting a drier and warmer winter is favored over the southern tier of states, while cooler and wetter than normal is favored across much of the northern tier. However, NOAA suggests that their confidence is not very high, as the La Niña signal is not strong.

Below are some graphics and interactives pulled from the Climate Matters archive to help you give the bigger climate change context to any seasonal winter discussion. 

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global temp anoms

Stories and graphics:

• Did you know that winter is the fastest warming season for much of the country? Here's our "Four Seasons of Warming" Climate Matters which also links to seasonal trends for your particular state:

• A higher percentage of winter is precipitation is falling rain instead of snow

• A local look at that ratio of rain to snow in the winter

• Winter temperature trends — and when is typically the coldest time of winter

• Fewer cold winter nights — Observed

• Fewer cold winter nights — Projected

Special interactives to embed on your website or share via social media:

• Winter Loses Its Cool — explore the decline in the number of nights below freezing for various locations by 2100

• ENSO — what effects do El Niño and La Niña have on temperatures and precipitation

As always, please let Bernadette or me know if there are any questions, or if we can help you with a story.


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