about two years ago by Seth Laurence, WHOW Radio
The NOAA weather prediction center has released its winter outlook and conditions are similar to last year at this time but that doesn't mean we're in for another winter with above normal temperatures.
Mike Halpert, Deputy Director of the NOAA Climate Prediction Center says drought is predicted in the northern plains for this winter, despite record rains from last year.
Wetter than average conditions are expected in the northern plains while the southern US is expected to be dry. Halpert says right now, Illinois finds itself in an 'equal chance' category for temperatures.