What Will Our Winter Look Like This Year?

By Greg Pollak

November 6, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM EDT

Town of Maine, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After a non-winter last season, the question is how much cold and snow is in store for this upcoming winter?

Last year, we saw the least amount of snowfall for a season at the Binghamton Airport for as long as records are kept since the early 1950's.

It is very unlikely we will see a winter like that this season.

Erik Heden, a Meteorologist from the National Weather Service, agrees.

Heden said, "We had a very strong jet stream that was from the southwest, so if you think southwest, warm weather. We had a lot of warm weather coming our way and that kept the cold air up in Canada and big storms to our southeast."

When asked about what the winter forecast looks like, Heden said, "The official forecast from the weather service is that we have equal chances for below normal, near normal, or above average temperatures. That essentially means there's no strong signal of what this upcoming winter will be. We really don't have a good idea of what is expected for us."

Residents of the Southern Tier have mixed hopes for the next couple of months.

Some wanted a winter just like last year, and some were missing out on the snow we haven't seen in a while.

"We look for long term patterns that may give us some sort of hint either way," Heden said when asked about what goes into a winter forecast.

Heden added, "El Nino is a warming of the water in the western Pacific. Chance for most storms, especially across the southern part of the country. is year it looks like we might have a slight El Nino that might give us a better chance at some wetter weather in the deep south."

What does that mean for us in the Southern Tier?

"That could sway snowfall our way," Heden said, "It's something we're watching but not a clear signal yet though."

With the 2012-13 winter outlook up in the air, be prepared for snow, sleet, freezing rain, and everything that comes along with it.

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