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Winter Weather Predictions For 2012

December 20, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 132

Winter weather predictions for 2012 suggest a snowy and cold winter pattern for the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. Cities such as Chicago and Milwaukee could experience bitterly cold temperatures at times with above average snowfall. The West Coast could see slightly below average temperatures with above average precipitation. Western states such as Nevada, Utah and Arizona and the middle sections of the country are forecast to experience a near normal winter weather pattern. In the southern half of the US states such as Texas which are experiencing record breaking droughts are expected for the most part to have above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. The East Coast should see a more normal winter weather scenario. Floridians should see a relatively dry winter with mild temperatures.

There are many different factors and conditions affecting the weather that must be interpreted before a long range forecast can be issued. As these factors and conditions change adjustments must be made in the forecast to accurately reflect this. One of the biggest influences over this years winter weather appears to be La Nina. A stronger La Nina usually suggests less precipitation and warmer temperature for the southern U.S. and colder temperatures and more precipitation in the form of snow across the northern parts of the U.S. including the Great Lakes region and the Pacific Northwest. This is in line with current winter weather predictions for 2012.

The greatest factor that influences the weather is of course where you live. Other factors which you have no control over but which influence the weather where you live include the little know but very important Arctic Oscillation, major volcanic eruptions and solar activity just to name a few. The Arctic Oscillation which measures air pressure variances has turned negative which means a greater chance for cold air to enter the United States from Canada. While important in developing a weather forecast strong Arctic Oscillations can be difficult to forecast to far in advance. While there is still much debate in the scientific community some believe that solar flares and sunspots influence our weather here on earth. Ash and dust introduced into the atmosphere by volcanic eruptions can lower the earths surface temperatures by reducing the amount of sunlight that reaches the earth. There are many other variables in producing the weather you experience.

While you cannot control the weather you can be prepared for it. Listen to your local forecast when threatening weather is possible especially if you are planning on travelling. Have a emergency kit in your car at all times and use common sense before heading out into inclement weather.

Up to date winter forecast information including maps can be found at winter weather predictions for 2012. Tips on preparing for winter, taking care of pets, protecting your home and vehicle and much more. Learn about the greatest dangers you face during the winter months. Learn how to create and run your own weather station.

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