December Weather Outlook

Written by Shannon Brady

Last updated 12/4/2023, 8:53:29 AM

 As November comes to a close, so does the 2023 hurricane season. With meteorological winter starting December 1st, here’s what to expect across the States for the rest of the year. 

Many meteorologists are in agreement that much of the United States will see above-average temperatures for December. Climate models run by the Climate Prediction Center agree with this milder weather forecast. Models predict an average of 5 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit temperature increase from average across the plains and the Midwest. This mild December is largely due to a strong jet stream in the upper atmosphere that helps to prevent cold air masses from moving into the region. 2023 welcomed a strong El Nino pattern, meaning the Pacific jet stream moves southward, this pattern is to be expected. Areas across the country are still likely to see some chilly winter weather, even snow, but air masses are predicted to move through pretty quickly. NOAA released this outlook:

With the El Nino and a more southern jet stream, some areas are also expected to see wetter weather for the last month of the year. The northwest and the southeast will likely see more precipitation to end their 2023 year; this precipitation coming at just the right time, as much of the Gulf Coast region experienced a hot and dry summer and a widespread exceptional drought. NOAA’s December outlook below:

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