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February outlook shows that colder conditions are likely

The latest climate outlooks for February and February-through-April were released today (in spite of the government shutdown, and thanks to the NOAA folk who are working without paychecks at the moment to produce them!).  The map shows that February is leaning towards colder temperatures than normal across Georgia, with drier than normal conditions a bit more likely in northern Georgia than in other parts of the state. Keep in mind that this map is heavily weighted towards the first half of the month, since that is closer to now and so more predictable than later in the month, so it says more about early February than the end of the month. For the February through April period, only the northern part of Georgia is leaning towards colder than normal conditions, while the southern half of the state is expected to be wetter than normal, mainly under the influence of the El Niño-like conditions we have been seeing this winter.