Warm winter a blessing and a curse


WASHINGTON – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters are calling for above-average temperatures over most of the country and a continuation of drier-than-average conditions across already drought-stricken parts of the Southwest and Southeast in its winter outlook for the United States.
“La Nina is here, with a weak-to-moderate event likely to persist through the winter,” said Michael Halpert, head of forecast operations and acting deputy director of the administration’s Climate Prediction Center.
Big concern. “The big concern this winter may be the persistence of drought across large parts of the already parched South. And while December through February is likely to be another milder-than-average winter for much of the country, people should still expect some bouts of winter weather.”
For the 2007-2008 U.S. winter, from December through February, seasonal forecasters predict:

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