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Ask Josh Fitzpatrick: Does a hot summer mean a harsh winter?

It's been a very hot and at times a stormy summer! Does that mean we'll have a cold and snowy winter? Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick has the answer!

It's only August and I've already had several questions posted on my Facebook page: facebook.com/joshfitzwsaz from folks wondering if this hot and stormy summer may lead to a cold and snowy winter ahead.

Now there's no correlation between a hot/stormy summer and a cold/snowy winter!  My EARLY call for December, January and February is for above average temperatures and near normal precipitation.

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The map above shows where it'll be warmer than normal and EC mean equal chances at above or below normal temperatures for the 2012/2013 winter.

Precipitation wise, our region is in the equal chances and I think our precipitation will be near nomal for the season with mainly wet weather systems and a few light but wet snowfalls.

The Gulf Coast is expected to have above normal rainfall and this is mainly due to the fact that an El Nino is forming in the Equatorial Eastern Pacific Ocean.  This warming of the water impacts the jet stream and will tend to keep the cold air locked up in Canada and most of the storm systems along the deep south.

Only time will tell how our late fall and winter season will turn out.  So stay tuned and let's enjoy the rest of summer!

Thanks for clicking on my blog and be sure to "like" my Facebook page mentioned above and follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/wsazjoshfitz

Since we didn't have a winter last year, would you like to have more snow this year?  Post your comments below!

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