March 25, 2010

We can have record-setting blizzards and global warming at the same time. NOAA scientists explain climate variability, how it influenced our weather this winter, and how it differs from climate change.

small maps of US precipitation during past La Niñas
November 25, 2020

Will the current La Niña influence the weather over the U.S. this winter? The Climate Prediction Center’s Mike Halpert dishes out the details of the November update to NOAA’s 2020-21 winter outlook.

November 26, 2019

What goes into NOAA’s winter outlook when ENSO is in neutral? The Climate Prediction Center’s Mike Halpert discusses the details.

October 22, 2018

How might a developing El Niño influence conditions over the U.S. this winter?  The Climate Prediction Center’s Mike Halpert gives us the details as he discusses NOAA’s 2018-19 winter outlook.

October 23, 2017

The Climate Prediction Center's Mike Halpert dives into the 2017-2018 winter outlook, and talks about how La Niña winters today are different from La Niña winters of the past. 

October 25, 2016

What are NOAA's predictions for this possible La Niña winter of 2016-17, and how did its predictions for last winter fare during the strong El Niño? Guest blogger Mike Halpert gives us the lowdown.

October 20, 2015

How have past El Niños affected U.S. winter temperature and precipitation, and what are NOAA's predictions for this strong El Niño winter of 2015-16? Guest blogger Mike Halpert gives us the scoop.

March 16, 2015

Mike Halpert from the Climate Prediction Center grades the winter forecast. Temperature outlooks fared quite well, but precipitation forecasts were not that great. The mediocre precipitation scores were partly because forecasts were counting on tropical atmospheric responses to El Niño, which didn’t emerge until late in the season.

November 20, 2014

After some very cold weather this month, folks are likely wondering if the early chill is a harbinger of things to come this winter. "Not necessarily," explains Mike Halpert of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center in this week's ENSO blog post.

June 12, 2014

How does El Niño affect U.S. winter temperature and precipitation?