If severe weather and record snowstorms this fall weren't enough, temperatures continue to fall fast and more hard freezes are likely this week.
Our cold pattern will continue and we expect to see plenty signs of the season, just like fog burning off near the James River.
This may come as a surprise, but the Climate Prediction Center's new 90-day outlook has much of the High Plains warmer than average through January. The core of the warmth is in the Southwest and New England but there are at least two tools suggesting a subtle warm bounce for KELOLAND. Of course, one strong system can wreak havoc on our weather for a week and long-range climate outlooks have trouble handling those so far out.
The precipitation trend calls for above-average moisture in the northern Rockies. This includes Montana, Wyoming and parts of South Dakota. This got us thinking about the 2010-2011 winter, where late-season moisture spurred worries downstream.
This year's forecast has a lot in common with the one from three years ago, including moisture in the Rockies and a dry Texas and Florida. Still, this outlook glances several months out and it's not time to worry yet.