NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, issued its winter 2015-16 outlook on Thursday morning, and the agency predicts a cold, wet winter is in store for the South.
The main driver of the forecast is El Niño, which is expected to have a large influence over weather patterns in the coming months.
El Niño is characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean having consequences for weather around the globe.
“A strong El Niño is in place and should exert a strong influence over our weather this winter,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
Particularly in Texas and across the Gulf Coast states, NOAA predicts the southern tier of the nation is likely to be colder than average for the core winter months of December through February.
NOAA also expects a wetter than average winter in the South, including along the Gulf Coast.
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