Best wisdom in the science of how El Nino affects our weather in this part of the globe seems to be holding true, as the meteorological crystal ball foretells more wet weather and above-normal temperatures.
A strong southern jet stream and lack of any really cold air, at least east of the Mississippi, means more of the same, i.e. frequent dousings of heavy rain from southern-tracking storms. This week promises another BIG storm coming our way from the Deep South. More such storms are also showing up in the extended outlooks.
Last winter brought early-season blasts of cold air and record-setting heavy snow across the upper Midwest to New England. Not so this year, at least for now.
The pattern will be featuring more cold air and snow opportunities well to our north within the next couple of weeks, but prospects look dim around here for snow fans.
*by Jim Duncan