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As we bid farewell to the warmth of summer and the leaves begin to change, it's time to turn our attention to what  Mother Nature and the wonders of meteorology have planned. Of course, the good old Farmer's Almanac has been laying it down since 1818, science has a pretty strong opinion on what winter will be like as well.

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So, what is science telling us about the winter in Michigan for the upcoming season? According to reports, the Climate Prediction Center of NOAA is forecasting a drier-than-normal winter for much of the northern states including Michigan and there is El Niño to blame.

"El Niño is a weather pattern that has to do with the weakening of the trade winds over the Pacific Ocean, which leads to warm ocean waters in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean", WLNS said. "While the North experiences a drier-than-normal winter, the majority of the South looks like it may see a wetter winter".

 

Pecipitation is predicted to be below normal throughout Michigan, with temperatures about 40% warmer this winter according to the Climate Prediction Center.

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If this looks like a difference of opinion with the Farmer's Almanac, you're right. Although the old-school weather bible acknowledges El Niño will be a factor, the results will be different with its prediction being more for ice, sleet, snow, and cooler temps.

Truth be told, predictions are in a sense, just guesses, and nothing is written in stone so we will just have to wait and see what Mother Nature has planned for us when winter officially arrives.

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