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Although our area has enjoyed cooler temperatures a little earlier than usual this year, forecasters say it’s not a predictor of a cold winter.

In fact, National Weather Service Meteorologist Roger Erickson in the Lake Charles Office said Thursday that the weather agency has issued their yearly winter weather outlook and, according to Erickson, forecasters are predicting for our region a winter with above-average temperatures and below-normal precipitation.

Erickson said, “If this verifies, a drought will likely form.”

The last major drought in this region began in the winter of 2009 and lasted until spring of 2011.

Meanwhile, the 2020/2021 Farmer’s Almanac offers their own prediction for this winter. The current issue says “In New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma east into Arkansas, and Louisiana, Mother Nature will mix intervals of tranquil weather with occasional shots of cold and wintry precipitation but overall may seem to be a bit temperamental.”

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