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NOAA releases 2016-2017 winter outlook

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its outlook for the 2016-2017 winter season.

Generally speaking, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is predicting a pretty typical winter season across eastern Iowa, meaning the computer models aren't necessarily pointing toward any particular temperature or precipitation trend.

There are equal chances that we could see above average, normal, or below average precipitation/temperatures during the winter months.

As of now, it looks like the cooler than normal, as well as wetter than normal winter will be just to the north of Iowa.

The setup across the country is typical to a "La Niña" weather pattern, which usually means a cooler, wetter weather pattern across northern states, and a warmer, drier pattern across the southern states.  La Niña pattern sets up when the waters of the Pacific Ocean are cooler than average.  Click here for more information.

As always, stay with KWWL Storm Track 7 for the latest forecasts throughout the season.

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