Fewer Cold And Snowy Days Expected This Winter In Indiana

Posted On November 11, 2015

By Travis Thayer


Some Hoosiers will be happy to see fewer of these scenes this winter season. File photo.

(West Lafayette, Ind.) – If climatologists are right, the Hoosier state may see fewer cold and snowy days this winter season.

Much to the delight of those who don’t like cold and snow, Hoosiers might not have to deal with as many heavy snowstorms and brutally cold temperatures that they have endured the two previous winters. However, climatologists caution that this does not mean Indiana won’t have any cold snowstorms blow through the region during the peak of winter months.

According to the Indiana State Climate Office, Indiana will likely be mild and dry early this winter before returning to more normal weather later in the season.

Climatologists say that winter weather in the Midwest is often driven by combinations of global weather patterns, known as oscillations. This year, the major oscillation at work is ENSO – the El Nino Southern Oscillation. The current El Nino, which arrived in Indiana over the summer should reach its peak in December.

“Weather history tells us very strong El Niños bring warmer temperatures and about half the normal amount of snow to Indiana,” said Dev Niyogi, Indiana state climatologist. “A famous example of El Niño warmth was Christmas Day 1982 when no coats were needed outdoors in Indiana.”

If El Niño fades after December, more normal temperatures and precipitation could return in the second half of winter, or another oscillation, such as the Arctic Oscillation, may become more dominant and bring a much colder and snowier late winter.

“Currently, a fading El Niño in late winter with more normal winter weather seems more likely,” said Ken Scheeringa, associate state climatologist.



kingofguilfordNovember 12th, 2015 at 2:06 am

The poles are shifting and the East Coast will get hammered as it shifts north but the mid-west will be more temperate.The ice melt in the North is due to shifting magnetic poles not global warming. There is a massive amount of ice at the southern pole. Remember the ship a few years back that got stuck in the ice at the south pole while trying to prove global warming. They kind of played that one down because it didn’t fit the global warming pattern.

roadhogNovember 14th, 2015 at 2:05 am

kingofguilford  Where can I learn more about how the magnetic poles govern the weather.  I’ve never heard of that.