Last winter was rough around Tuscaloosa and West Alabama.  We had those "polar vortex" blasts of arctic cold air.  Then, it actually snowed too! More than once. That's unusual, or is it the norm again for this year?

NOAA's Climate Predication Center has crunched the numbers, and has released its long range forecast:

Below average temperatures are favored in parts of the south-central and southeastern United States, while above-average temperatures are most likely in the western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and New England.

Who doesn't like a map to drive home the message? Here you go, the temperature outlook.

NOAA

So, we could be in for another cold winter. Well, we can add to that a wet season for us too.

The people at NOAA are saying:

The Precipitation Outlook favors above-average precipitation across the southern tier, from the southern half of California, across the Southwest, South-central, and Gulf Coast states, Florida, and along the eastern seaboard to Maine.

This is the national map for the precipitation outlook.

NOAA

Here's the just released video to explain things for us.

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