Thursday, August 26, 2010

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Northeast Pennsylvania
A new zone that covers the weather in the Eastern/Northeast PA area.
Coverage Included In: The Lehigh Valley, Poconos, Scranton, and Williamsport
Forecasters: Andrew Fleck (Northampton CC) & Hunter Outten

November Is Here, And Winter Is Near

"It's beginning that time folks, the time where leaves are ending their fall, cold nights are creeping into the day, the time where rain falls as snow and white becomes the seasonal color until thaw."

This years winter is going to be different from last years as patterns have swapped from El-Nino to La-Nina.  What does this mean?  Well a general El-Nino winter is one like last year, a lot of snow and a longer winter.  A La-Nina winter can be milder, with still some snow, but the predominant precipitation being ice, the winter however can change from cold to warm within a heart-beat.  

Pattern From 11.1.201-11.7.2010
Since this years pattern has gone from El-Nino to La-Nina we are expecting that the most cold and wintry conditions begin early, meaning November, December and the first half of January.  That can already be felt as some areas in the zone saw some flurries falling on Halloween.  

So now, where do we go from here?  Well things are going to progress colder and stormier throughout this upcoming month.  We can expect that this month temperatures are going to begin with high's ranging in the low 50's and high 40's, low's should keep in the 20's and 30's.  As November takes it's end half temperatures are going to get even colder, high's only in the 40's and low's strictly in the 20's of course the more South 30's.  There should be only some snow showers affecting any area for the first half, but by the second half of November especially into December high snow chances are going to increase.  That's right folks I said the second half as in late November, be sure to stay tuned.  (Forecaster Fleck)