January Outlook

December 23, 2018 0 Comments


It appears December is going to go down in the climate books as quite a bit warmer than normal across our region. However January may take a different twist.

Temperature Outlook

The Climate Prediction Center’s 30-day outlook is calling for equal chances of above, below, or normal temperatures in Wisconsin (basically near normal).  Meanwhile they suggest warmer than normal weather is more likely in Alaska and most areas from the Dakotas to New Mexico westward, as well as southern Florida.  On the other hand the CPC is predicting a good chance of cooler than normal weather in January across much of the southeast United States.

Precipitation Outlook

The CPC is indicating much of the nation should be relatively close to normal for precipitation, including Wisconsin.  There are increased odds of being wetter than normal in southern Alaska and from Texas east to Georgia and Florida.

However lighter than normal precipitation could be in the works for the Pacific Northwest as well as in a circle that includes the states of Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky.

It this forecast pans out for Wisconsin, hopefully outdoor winter recreation will have a fighting chance to get going.  Hang in there snowmobilers, skiers, and snowshoers!

About the Author:

StormTrak9 Meteorologist with WAOW-TV in Wausau, WI. Also the owner of Great Lakes Weather Service, LLC.

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