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#1 Nov 6, 2011
By MATT HIKIN
6 News Chief Meteorologist

KNOXVILLE (WATE)- Like last winter, this winter looks to be influenced by the global weather pattern known as La Nina. It returned in August and is expected to strengthen this winter.

The phenomena allows colder than normal water to pool in the central Pacific Ocean, influencing the global weather patterns.

For the southeast U.S., La Nina usually means a little warmer winter than average with precipitation near or slightly above average.

For the winter of 2010-2011, Knoxville recorded a snow total of 12.3 inches making it the snowiest winter in many years.

2.5 inches of snow brought a white Christmas to the region, as well. That was the most snow on Christmas here since 7 inches fell in 1969.

What is an average winter for Knoxville? A typical December has a low near 30 with average highs near 50 and about 4.5 inches of precipitation.

January usually brings an average high and low of 46 and 26 with precipitation just above 4.5 inches.

February averages a high near 51 and low at 29 with four inches of precipitation.

An average snowfall for Knoxville is 6.5 inches. The precipitation averages include rain and melted snow.

One other factor that may influence our winter weather is the Arctic Oscillation. This oscillation is very hard to forecast, but can throw some short spurts of very cold air our way. Mix that cold air with moisture and you get more snow.

So after looking back on the La Nina Winter of last year and knowing a similar pattern is in place again for the coming winter, here is my official winter forecast.

I think we will experience several shots of cold air mixed with some mild stretches at times.

Like last year, three or four snow events will produce 9 to 13 inches of snow in the Knoxville area, with more over the higher elevations.

On average the chance of a white Christmas here is less than 10 percent so playing the odds, I would say a White Christmas is unlikely since we had one last year.

http://www.wate.com/story/15962446/matt-hinki...
George

Grand Rapids, MI

#2 Nov 6, 2011
Does this mean NO school tomorrow?

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#3 Nov 6, 2011
George wrote:
Does this mean NO school tomorrow?
I do not care who you are,but that there was funny.
rock hard

Rickman, TN

#4 Nov 6, 2011
Green Hornet 007 wrote:
By MATT HIKIN
6 News Chief Meteorologist
KNOXVILLE (WATE)- Like last winter, this winter looks to be influenced by the global weather pattern known as La Nina. It returned in August and is expected to strengthen this winter.
The phenomena allows colder than normal water to pool in the central Pacific Ocean, influencing the global weather patterns.
For the southeast U.S., La Nina usually means a little warmer winter than average with precipitation near or slightly above average.
For the winter of 2010-2011, Knoxville recorded a snow total of 12.3 inches making it the snowiest winter in many years.
2.5 inches of snow brought a white Christmas to the region, as well. That was the most snow on Christmas here since 7 inches fell in 1969.
What is an average winter for Knoxville? A typical December has a low near 30 with average highs near 50 and about 4.5 inches of precipitation.
January usually brings an average high and low of 46 and 26 with precipitation just above 4.5 inches.
February averages a high near 51 and low at 29 with four inches of precipitation.
An average snowfall for Knoxville is 6.5 inches. The precipitation averages include rain and melted snow.
One other factor that may influence our winter weather is the Arctic Oscillation. This oscillation is very hard to forecast, but can throw some short spurts of very cold air our way. Mix that cold air with moisture and you get more snow.
So after looking back on the La Nina Winter of last year and knowing a similar pattern is in place again for the coming winter, here is my official winter forecast.
I think we will experience several shots of cold air mixed with some mild stretches at times.
Like last year, three or four snow events will produce 9 to 13 inches of snow in the Knoxville area, with more over the higher elevations.
On average the chance of a white Christmas here is less than 10 percent so playing the odds, I would say a White Christmas is unlikely since we had one last year.
http://www.wate.com/story/15962446/matt-hinki...
I did see a wooly worm on a bus to Miami.

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#5 Nov 6, 2011
rock hard wrote:
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I did see a wooly worm on a bus to Miami.
That was funny also..Thanks for the chuckle.
Tax Payer

Rickman, TN

#6 Nov 8, 2011
The wolly worms that I have seen have had very little black at each end, mostly all brown. Have even seen one that was all brown. Hoping for a very mild winter.
Dick Goddard

Grimsley, TN

#7 Nov 8, 2011
Where is the wolly worm 500 race at every year?

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#9 Nov 11, 2011
Tax Payer wrote:
The wolly worms that I have seen have had very little black at each end, mostly all brown. Have even seen one that was all brown. Hoping for a very mild winter.
the ones we have seen around our place are black on the front end and the rest is brown...don't know if the corn husks were thick this yr or not, that means a cold brisk winter. and as for the beehives i haven't even noticed if the were high off ground or not

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