As I was scanning through my Twitter timeline this afternoon, I noticed a tweet from NOAA’s Climate. gov account. The winter outlook will be issued tomorrow by the Climate Prediction Center. To better help the public understand what these outlooks mean, NOAA has put together a very nice video explaining the outlook’s content. This not only gives the general public a good understanding of what the outlook data means, but is a good tool for business owners who have a bottom line that is often dependent on climate trends. As the video states, these are not short-term forecasts that we are used to seeing every day but a long-term outlook that’s greatly influenced by a myriad of data. The outlooks are not a guarantee that specific climactic conditions will exist, so every individual user will have to figure out the best game plan for their own unique situation and needs.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the outlooks have in store. Predicting climactic trends is as daunting a task as any other in the atmospheric sciences. I hope this information has been helpful to you in understanding the climate outlooks.
Have a great week…