The Flathead Beacon reports that weather and climate experts are predicting a strong El Nino to settle in for the 2015-2016 winter season, with higher-than-average temperatures expected for the northern Rockies. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its U.S. Winter Outlook on Oct. 15, with predictions for one of the strongest El Nino seasons in decades… Last winter showed signs of an El Nino season, National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Gibson said from his office in Missoula, but this year’s indicators, such as changing ocean temperatures, show that El Nino is all but guaranteed.
Both Halpert and Gibson said El Nino predictions are about climate, and don’t necessarily predict the day-to-day and week-to-week weather, so snow enthusiasts shouldn’t lose hope just yet. “It doesn’t mean we won’t have winter, by any means,” Gibson said. Montanans still need to prepare for winter hazards, like tough driving situations, dangerous wind chill, cold outbreaks, and more, he said. Read the full story here.