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December 2018 looks like it will be wetter than normal in most of Southeast

The latest set of outlook maps from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center came out this week. They show that only the southern half of the Florida peninsula shows any temperature tendency, and that is towards warmer than normal temperatures. The rest of the region has equal chances of above, near or below normal temperature. This is because the cooler than normal tendency of the developing El Niño is balanced out by the long-term warming trend we have seen in the US. Precipitation in December is likely to be above normal across the region due to the presence of the subtropical jet, which is steering storms across the Southeast. These patterns are expected to continue through the winter months.