Surprise. There tends to be a variance of opinion when it comes to this winter's long-range forecasts. Depending on what you believe about their accuracy, here are a few trying to pinpoint what to expect this winter in the Northeast.
Here's what meteorologist Jeremy Davis sees for the Northeast, thanks to La Nina.
"The Climate Prediction Center forecasts a weak-to-moderate La Nina for this winter, which really means we have an equal chance of above or below normal temperatures and precipitation," Davis said. "Weaker La Nina patterns tend to give more snow to New England."
The Farmer's Almanac is predicting a cold and snowy winter for the Northeast, but doesn't believe precipitation totals will be above normal. Accuweather labels the Northeast a "wintry battle zone," with greater-than-normal temperature swings.
So, the consensus seems to be, La Nina is making things difficult to predict, and there may be a mid-winter thaw like we've witnessed in seasons past. That doesn't sound like news we want to hear, so let's just call Vermont weather legend Roger Hill's prediction, the official call for winter in the Northeast, shall we?
That's more like it.
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.