This weekend, the Pacific Northwest finally cooled down and received a bit of moisture. It was a welcome relief after experiencing such a long stretch of hot, dry weather. NOAA reports that the entire western U.S. was warmer than average this summer, with Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah each having a top ten warm month. Oregon also had its driest July on record and here in Washington, we enjoyed our eighth driest July.
“For 2013–2014, we are forecasting a winter that will experience below average temperatures for about two-thirds of the nation. A large area of below-normal temperatures will predominate from roughly east of the Continental Divide to the Appalachians, north and east through New England…. Only for the Far West and the Southeast will there be a semblance of winter temperatures averaging close to normal, but only a few areas will enjoy many days where temperatures will average above normal…. Precipitation-wise, the Southern Plains, Midwest, and Southeast will see above-normal conditions, while the rest of the country will average near normal.” Their outlook for the Pacific Northwest is calling for drier than normal conditions. However, considering we get more snow than most in a normal winter, we’re hopeful that it’ll be business as usual. The outlook is calling for heavy winter weather across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic the first 10 days of February and storms from coast to coast in mid-March. We can’t wait!!