Bemidji Pioneer: Wetter, colder winter predicted for Minnesota, North Dakota by National Weather Service
October 20, 2017
The National Weather Service released its annual weather outlook Thursday, Oct. 19, for the 2017-18 winter weather season, with unfavorable predictions for much of the northern region of the United States.
According to forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), La Niña has a 55 to 65 percent chance of developing before winter sets in. La Niña is known as the positive phase of El Niño, and is associated with cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. The last El Niña occurred as recently as 2016-17.