Winter is the time for cold weather, snow days, sweaters, and heavy jackets. But, according to noaanews.noaa.gov, “This year’s El Niño, among the strongest on record, is expected to influence weather and climate patterns this winter by impacting the position of the Pacific jet stream.” El Niño is a weather pattern resulting from variations in ocean temperatures. This means that “cooler and wetter weather in Southern Tier states with above-average temperatures will most likely in the West and across the Northern Tier.”
In September, North Carolina experienced a week straight of rain and cold weather. This caused many to predict a cold and snowy winter. By mid-December, temperatures were tipping off in the 70’s. Tsanani Shaw (’17) said, “I think there will be lots of snow days.” Shaw also added that cold weather was her favorite, and she enjoys sleeping in when it snows. On the other side of things, Gretia Yancey (’18) said, “I don’t think there will be a lot of snow days” Yancey also adds that she enjoys warm weather, “But when we do have snow days, I love making snowmen!”
The makeup days in order for this year are: Feb. 15; March 24; April 11; June 9; June 10; June 13; June 14; June 15. The days in February and April are both teacher work days, and the day in March is when spring break starts. The rest of them are after June 8th, the official last day of school.
According to nbcnews.com, places known for their brutal winters, such as Buffalo, NY are breaking records for lack of snow this year. The city hasn’t seen less than 0.10 inches of snow by December 3rd since 1899! This time last year a lake-effect snowstorm dumped nearly seven feet of snow on the Buffalo region. The city was also averaging temperatures in the 70’s in mid-December.
Weather can change rapidly, so you can never predict exactly what the winter forecast will be like. According to weather predictions, we are likely to have a warmer than average winter. It is not certain, so be prepared for a colder than average, or warmer than average winter.