PENDLETON:  A warmer winter ahead

PENDLETON: A warmer winter ahead

The National Weather Service averages show November was colder and drier than average. Hydrologist Marilyn Lohmann said that the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting the exact opposite for the winter months.

“It appears that the storm track has kind of changed and a much more active pattern is going to be coming across a lot of the Pacific Northwest, instead of having the storms dive south over California,” she said.

That is what’s happening this week, with daytime highs moving up into the 40s. Lohmann said it’s not a one-time fluke.

“December, January, February, and March we’re looking for above-normal temperatures and near-normal precipitation,” she said.