January outlook update

January 1, 2019 0 Comments

Back in mid-December when the Climate Prediction Center issued their January outlook there was some trend seen in the data pointing toward enough shots of cold air over the Midwest to put our temperate trend in question.  That had much of the Midwest under equal chances of above, normal, or below normal temperatures.  Well things have changed a bit in their January outlook update released on December 31st.  Check it out below.

Now they are calling a good chance of above normal temperatures over much of the western United States, extending across the Northern Plains and as far east as Wisconsin.  Now keep in mind this would be the average over the whole month.  There likely still will be several cold snaps.  It is just that the warmer spells should be more prolonged than the cool spells which would tilt the average above normal.   Parts of New England on the other hand could be colder than normal.

The latest precipitation outlook shows a good chance of below normal rain and snow in a strip from the Pacific Northwest through the Great Lakes, including the southern two-thirds of Wisconsin.    On the other hand the Desert Southwest is circled as an area that could be wetter than normal.  Perhaps they will appreciate the extra moisture??  In addition the Southeast could be wetter than usual, centered on Alabama and Georgia.

It’s hard to believe we are into January already, the coldest time of the year in terms of climate for Wisconsin.   I hope you have a good one!  Just remember, we are gaining daylight each and every day now.

About the Author:

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

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