The most recent ocean data and trends show a return to El Niño climate conditions for the upcoming winter.
Click here to view a PDF file of the latest forecast information.
Typically, El Niño creates warmer-than-average winters in the upper Midwest states and the Northeast.
Central and southern California, northwest Mexico and the southwestern U.S. are usually wetter-than-normal.
The northern Gulf of Mexico states and northeast Mexico are usually both wetter and cooler than average.
If you are up for some reading, here is a lot more info on El Niño.