The western third of the United States will be warmer and dryer than normal this winter, according to Jerome Namias, a meteorologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Climate Research Group. However, the East coast will be colder and wetter than normal, he predicted. These predictions, made early in December, have proven correct through the beginning of January.
‘Indications point to colder than normal temperatures over the eastern half of the nation and also over the Southwest from New Mexico through Oklahoma and Texas, and warmer than normal temperatures over the western third of the nation,’ said Namias, a principal investigator for Scripps' North Pacific Experiment (Norpax). Florida will probably experience near-normal temperatures.