Report: Warmer fall, winter predicted for North Dakota


MINOT, N.D. --There is some reason for optimism in the latest three-month weather outlook for a warm fall and winter in North Dakota, according to the Climate Prediction Center.

The CPC said nearly all of the United States, with the exception of Florida where it matters little, has a greater than normal possibility of expected warmer than usual temperatures through November.

The chance of warmer than usual temperatures the next 90 days is a reflection of what is happening with sea surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. The CPC said there is a 60 percent chance of El Nino affecting fall weather in the northern hemisphere through late fall. Then, said the CPC, the chances of El Nino's warming influence increases to 70 percent for the upcoming winter.

In fact, the CPC has continued its El Nino watch. That is a strong indicator that conditions are favorable for the formation of El Nino. In their latest long-range weather issuance the CPC saud the majority of forecast models concur that El Nino will continue to form in the coming months although uncertainty remains as to how strong it will become. Nevertheless, any El Nino generally can be credited with creating warmer than usual temperatures across North Dakota during the winter months.