Here comes winter

I guess I should start stocking up if we’re going to have a bad winter:

Expect temperatures 6 degrees colder than last winter’s, and a six-fold increase — or more — in snowfall.

In short, if Accu-Weather’s winter outlook turns out to be right, the coming season will be whole lot more like a typical winter than in 2011-12.

In the forecast released this morning, an update and elaboration of an earlier outlook, the commercial weather service in State College, Pa., is calling for near-normal temperatures this winter, with above-normal snowfall.

In addition, Accu-Weather believes Philadelphia will have an above-average number of days — perhaps seven — with snowfall of an inch or more, said long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok. Last season, it had exactly one.

The revised snow-outlook map sees the above-average snow zone extending from Philadelphia on south and west.

To the north, long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok says snowfall might not be terribly generous along the New England coast because Atlantic Ocean sea-surface temperatures up that way are well above averages.

5 thoughts on “Here comes winter

  1. No such thing as a “typical” winter in Philly!

    It’s either close to zero snow (like last year, excepting the freak October snowstorm) or massive snow dumps.

    And I don’t have much more faith in Accu-weather than in the Farmer’s Almanac. It’s just a crap shoot.

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