Alaska could see warmer-than-normal fall, winter
The Climate Prediction Center has issued its latest set of seasonal forecasts, which includes the forecast for the remainder of summer, as well as the upcoming fall and winter seasons.
According to the outlook, there is a good chance much of Alaska will finish the summer out and begin fall with warmer-than-average temperatures. The Climate Prediction Center expects there is a 60-70 percent chance we will see above-average temperatures from now through October.
This trend looks to continue into late fall as well as into the winter months of December, January and February. As for precipitation, the outlook gives a chance of higher-than-normal precipitation amounts for the Gulf Coast and northern portions of the panhandle.
These outlooks are influenced by the ongoing El Niño event, which is forecast to peak later this year. It is also likely that El Niño will continue into spring 2016.