DISCUSSION: As the Northern Hemisphere Summer begins to slowly wind down over the next few weeks and Fall begins to set in more and more, there will certainly be noticeable changes getting underway across the contiguous United States. That being said, as Joe discusses, the large-scale sea-surface temperature (SST) trends in place over the past few weeks, there are definitely some neat potential ramifications on the upcoming 2016-2017 winter season and is very comprehensively and coherently written. Among some of the pertinent highlights, there is an increased threat for wetter and warmer weather along the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast corridor which is the primary region of concern in his discussion! It is imperative to acknowledge the fact that there have already been some impressive statistics with respect to winter weather impacts across the New York City metro area over the course of the past several winter.
That being said, the discussion also highlights (and justifiably so) that the current projections for the Winter season of 2016-2017 are predominantly statistically-based per regional climatological data. In addition, it is imperative to also acknowledge that despite the current thoughts of forecasters from across the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast corridors, there is a decent range of temperature and precipitation-based trends which could materialize during this developing weak-to-moderate La Niña event which will continue to evolve over the coming months and beyond.
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