Wetter Than Usual Winter Predicted
Jennifer Lewerenz | Oct 16, 2020 AT 11:25 am
(KNSI) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration came out with its winter weather prediction for 2020-2021.
Experts predict that the state will see a wetter than usual winter.
“With La Niña well established and expected to persist through the upcoming 2020 winter season, we anticipate the typical, cooler, wetter North, and warmer, drier South, as the most likely outcome of winter weather that the U.S. will experience this year,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
La Niña impacts global climate and can be disruptive to normal weather patterns. It is known to cause above-average precipitation across the northern Midwest. The most recent La Niña year was the winter of 2017-2018 when almost 80 inches of snow fell on Minnesota. Compare that with the La Niña winter of 2016-2017 when St. Cloud experienced a relatively snow-starved winter and saw only around 20 inches.
The one month temperature prediction shows central Minnesota in the 30 to 40% range for above-average temperatures and in the average range for precipitation between now and November 15th.