A milder than normal winter is in store for the east coast of the United States, while the western half of the country will be colder than normal. That's the word from both the National Weather Service (NWS) and research meteorologist Jerome Namias. Their independent predictions are polar opposites of those offered by some other meteorologists and the Old Farmer's Almanac, both of which forecast one of the more blustery, chilly winters of the century. NWS and Namias also say that most of the nation will be wetter than usual. A warm patch of water in the equatorial Pacific is a key factor in the predicted patterns, each say.