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December 2020 final outlook shows no strong trend

The latest 30-day climate outlook for December was released today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. It shows that there is no strong trend towards warmer or colder conditions in December except in southern Florida. We know early December will be colder than normal, but late December is still expected to be warmer than normal so the combination for the month as a whole could go either way, leading to a forecast of equal chances. The precipitation is also for equal chances of near, above or below normal except for a slight tilt towards dry conditions in Alabama. The latest drought outlook shows a large part of eastern Georgia and adjacent areas of SC and FL with likely development of drought.