...2010-2011 Winter Outlook...

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has released it's outlook for the upcoming winter.  Meteorological winter is consider to be the months of December, January, and February.   According to CPC, there are equal chances of above, below, or near normal temperatures.  There is also slightly higher chances for above normal precipitation centered over the Ohio River Valley, with the western extent covering much of Illinois and far southeastern Missouri.  This is typical of the weak to moderate La Nina pattern over the central United States. 

 

 

 Temperature Outlook for December 2011-February 2012

 Precipitation Outlook for December 2011-February 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The local three-month temperature outlook for the upcoming winter and all of next year is now available.  It can be found on the Climate tab on our homepage:
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/calendar_outlook.php?wfo=lsx

The complete story on the Winter Outlook can be found at:
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2011/20111020_winteroutlook.html

La Nina is when the sea surface temperatures along the equator in the Pacific are below normal.  The opposite of La Nina is El Nino.  More information about La Nina and El Nino can be found on the Climate Prediction Center's website at:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/precip/CWlink/MJO/enso.shtml

Below are the new 1981-2010 normals for temperature, degree days, precipitation, and snowfall for St. Louis, Columbia, and Quincy.  In addition to the snowfall just for meteorological winter, the total annual snowfall is also listed.  More information about the new normals can be found at:  http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/climate/normals/usnormals.html

               
 

St. Louis (Lambert International Airport)

 
   

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Winter

July-June

 
  Maximum Temperature

42.5°

39.9°

45.0°

42.4°

   
  Mean Temperature

34.7°

31.8°

36.3°

34.2°

   
  Minimum Temperature

26.9°

23.7°

27.6°

26.0°

   
  Cooling Degree Days

0

0

0

0

   
  Heating Degree Days

939

1029

804

2772

   
  Precipitation

2.84"

2.40"

2.24"

7.48"

   
  Snowfall

4.4"

5.6"

4.3"

14.3"

17.7"

 
               

               
 

Columbia, MO (Regional Airport)

 
   

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Winter

July-June

 
  Maximum Temperature

41.1°

38.5°

43.9°

41.1°

   
  Mean Temperature

32.4°

29.7°

34.4°

32.1°

   
  Minimum Temperature

23.7°

20.9°

24.9°

23.1°

   
  Cooling Degree Days

0

0

0

0

   
  Heating Degree Days

1010

1094

857

2961

   
  Precipitation

2.44"

1.92"

2.25"

6.61"

   
  Snowfall

4.8"

5.5"

5.3'

15.6"

18.4"

 
               

               
 

Quincy, IL (Baldwin Field)

 
   

Dec.

Jan.

Feb.

Winter

July-June

 
  Maximum Temperature

37.5°

34.4°

39.1°

36.9°

   
  Mean Temperature

29.8°

26.5°

30.9°

29.0°

   
  Minimum Temperature

22.1°

18.5°

22.6°

21.0°

   
  Cooling Degree Days

0

0

0

0

   
  Heating Degree Days

1091

1195

956

3242

   
  Precipitation

2.25"

1.52"

1.88"

5.65"

   
  Snowfall

4.9"

7.3"

5.7"

17.9"

22.3"

 
               


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