Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Is The Winter Over Already? [AUDIO]

This was supposed to be a cold, snowy winter, but after a much warmer-than-normal December, temperatures will be up near 50 degrees today, and they could approach 60 over the weekend.

Marianna Massey, Getty Images

So, what’s going on? Why is this happening?

National Weather Service meteorologist Valerie Meola says a lot of things have changed over the course of the past year.

“We had La Nina Conditions for a good part, and then El Nino, and it looks like right now we’re actually in neutral, and those neutral conditions are expected to continue through spring,” Meola says, “Based on the latest forecast guidance for that.”

Will the above-normal temps hold steady?

She says without any real strong El Nino or La Nina weather pattern in the tropical Pacific, “you really don’t get a big push in any direction – it looks like at least for the next couple of weeks we’ll continue to see above-normal temperatures – there is a trend towards cooler temperatures towards the end of January – but whether that continues through all of February – there’s no big push right now for that.”

Meola adds, “December was considerably above-normal. You can look at Trenton and Atlantic City, and both were over 5 degrees above normal for the month and so far for January- if you look at both of those locations, they’re both running half a degree to a degree above normal as well – so it has been fairly warm… And we do go through seasonal variability every year, so you can have more extreme winters – like we had several years ago with all those snow storms – but to now have more of a mild pattern now is unusual.”

She points out the current three month outlook from the Climate Prediction Center is kind of a question mark, since “it has us in an area of equal chances …of above, below or near normal conditions for both temperatures and precipitation…they’re looking at a lot of different model data – tele-connection patterns – like El Nino, or the Northern Atlantic Oscillation or all these different patterns that affect wet weather in our area…it’s so variable across our area that it’s sometimes – the guidance just isn’t there.”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of NJ101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.