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NOAA: A Normal Winter Likely for Washington & Oregon

Posted: Updated: - The NOAA Winter Outlook is up in the air as there will be an equal chance for above normal, below normal and normal precipitation and temperatures this winter.

This means there is not strong or reliable enough climate data to favor one category over the others.

In fact, surface temperatures of the equatorial Pacific Ocean have been close to normal since the spring of 2012.  That means no La Niña or El Niño influence on the weather this winter.

"An equal chance forecast doesn't mean it's a dry forecast," says Mike Halpert, the acting director of the NOAA Climate Prediction Center.  "Some of that I think goes into what the normals look like.  Obviously in that particular area it's much drier than western parts of Oregon and Washington."

Southeastern Washington's normal average temperature for the winter months is right around 36° and precipitation is just under one inch each month.

If you'd like to learn more about the NOAA winter outlook, click here.