NOAA published its long range forecast for the continental United States and they predict a warmer than usual winter for the area between the Rockies and the Eastern Seaboard. They are a little hesitant about what the weather is going to do in other parts of the country this winter, though. The problem is that the warm spot that they look for in the mid Pacific is sort of lukewarm, so they aren't really certain what way the weather will swing along the coasts. This has been a puzzler for the professionals trying to estimate temperature ranges on the air masses likely to be circulating overhead, driven by the jetstreams at both high and low altitudes. They are pretty sure about the relatively warm winter through the central states. How long winter like temperatures may hold this year is uncertain to them as well. Let's hope it all works out well for early June, eh? We are fated to live in interesting times, it seems.