The winter of 2012-2013 will probably bring a boost to heating fuels compared with last year and leave above-normal snowfall from Massachusetts to Alabama, AccuWeather Inc. said.
The winter of 2011-2012 will probably be colder than normal for much of the northern U.S., although a repeat of the worst of last year’s East Coast snowstorms is unlikely, forecasters said.
The polar vortex that blasted through much of the United States last month made selling cars as difficult as moving the snow mounds that rose up around David Martin’s dealership near New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington.
Rain through May will improve U.S. corn-crop conditions for much of the Midwest, the main growing region, as fields recover from last year’s drought, according to AccuWeather Inc.
Snow falling over Siberia is raising the prospect for frigid temperatures in New York come January.
Cold weather in the central U.S. and snow in the Northeast may push energy consumption above seasonal norms across much of the country, forecasters said.
Natural gas futures gained for a third day in New York amid forecasts of below-normal temperatures that may reduce a glut of the fuel in storage.
The last time a major hurricane hit the U.S., pounding beaches and towns with winds of more than 111 miles per hour, was the record storm year of 2005.
Temperatures may be higher than normal this spring and the U.S. may be at increased risk for tornadoes, AccuWeather Inc. said a seasonal forecast.
"The negative phase of the Arctic Oscillation is a big huge indicator of a huge area of cold air coming down."
- Paul Pastelok on Oct 24, 2013