Even though I'm not a big fan of the dog days of August, I try not to complain too much because before you know it, the frigid, dark days of winter will be here.

So, what's the deal with this coming winter in South Jersey? Will we be in shorts or will we be grabbing shovels?

NOAA which stands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is responsible for the National Weather Service, is out with their early winter predictions (November 2018 - March 2019).

According to long range predictions in a report from Transworld Snowboarding  (keep in mind this is long range), South Jersey will experience a warmer than average fall and winter from October through December thanks to the El Nino cycle which will keep temps above average for the entire country.

The folks at NOAA are predicting a 70% chance for El Nino pattern to hang around for the entire winter season, October right through March 2019, which means a warmer than average 2018/2019 winter season, which is absolutely fine by me!

Keep in mind that these is an early predictions and anything can happen when Old Man Winter finally arrives on December 21st.

I would be thrilled if we had a bit of snow, say maybe three inches, just enough to have a white Christmas, but other than that I'm rooting for a no snow winter! How about you?

Check back for more winter weather predictions including the annual Farmer's Almanac winter forecast!


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