2020-2021 New River Valley Winter Weather Outlook

< 1 min read The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its 2020-202 Winter weather forecast for the United States Thursday, Oct. 15.

Photo Credit: (Aaron Burden) NOAA's Climate Prediction Center updates in a three-month window during the autumn and winter months.

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By Dustin Staples | dstaples1@radford.edu

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its 2020-2021 Winter weather forecast Thursday, Oct. 15.

According to the NOAA’s latest temperature outlook, Virginia and at least two-thirds of the country is expected to remain well above average. In contrast, one-third of the country shows nearly normal to just-below average results. 

According to the NOAA’s precipitation outlook, two-thirds of the country shows well-below average results, including the New River Valley, compared to the other two-thirds of the United States that will experience above-average conditions.

According to NOAA, this phenomenon’s main drive pertains to an event called La Niña, which brings cooler-than-average temperatures in from the Pacific Ocean.

According to NOAA, this phenomenon’s main drive pertains to an event called La Niña, which brings cooler-than-average temperatures in from the Pacific Ocean.

Something to consider this upcoming winter will be drought. According to the NOAA, drier conditions are expected for at least two-thirds of the country, while Virginia and the New River Valley should remain normal.

Mike Halpert, Deputy Director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, said, “With La Niña well established and expected to persist through the upcoming 2020 winter season, we anticipate the typical, cooler, wetter North, and warmer, drier South, as the most likely outcome of winter weather that the U.S. will experience this year.” 

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center updates in a three-month window during the autumn and winter months. The next available update will be out Thursday, Nov. 19.