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Colder than usual winter ahead?

Posted at 2:00 PM on October 31, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Weather

What's this winter look like? It's a natural question as we write today about the Halloween blizzard of 1991. The odds are decent it might be colder than usual.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has the northern plains pegged as colder and wetter than average with another round of worrisome spring flooding possible, thanks to the La Nina weather pattern.

Here's the NOAA map, which shows a 40 percent chance of our winter being colder than average.


Don't believe NOAA? The Farmers Almanac feels the same way


About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.