Wet and mild Warm winter predicted for much of the US

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Additionally, El Nino has a 70 to 75 percent chance of developing.

"We're expecting this El Nino to be much weaker than that one", Halpert said.

All of Kansas is expected to be warmer than normal from December to February, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration experts say.

The Southeast, Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic can go any which way on temperature, Halpert said.

The only part of the country that can expect typical winter temperatures will likely be in the Southeast, spanning the states you see below that are colored white, from Florida to OH and as far west as Arkansas.

The Climate Prediction Center, a part of the National Weather Service, is calling for a mild winter for most of the United States.

Halpert said the track record of winter outlooks is better than that of outlooks for other seasons, or about 40 percent better than the flip of a coin - good enough for people to be able to utilize the outlooks. This video below explains El Nino further and provides greater details about NOAA's winter outlook.

Broadly speaking, "El Nino" refers to a climate effect caused by warming sea surface temperatures in parts of the Pacific Ocean.

No part of the United States is predicted to have lower than normal temperatures on average. Wetter conditions are in store for much of the southern USA, up into the mid-Atlantic while drier conditions are likely for the northern Rockies, Northern Plains, northern Ohio Valley and Great Lakes.

The Carolinas should also look out for the "Arcitc Ocillation", which NOAA says determines "the number of arctic air masses that penetrate into the South" and could lead to below-average temperatures.

The Farmer's Almanac said that for its winter outlook, the temperatures are going to be cold with "plenty of snow".

But they are expected to get better in Arizona and New Mexico, southern parts of Utah and Colorado, the coastal Pacific Northwest and the Central Plains, NOAA said.

Meantime, drier-than-average conditions are expected for the Great Lakes and portions of the Northern Rockies and the Northern Plains.

The drought outlook for is looking positive for southwestern OR, as NOAA predicts the situation will improve.

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