Maps show differing outlooks for the coming winter

What will this winter be like? AccuWeather and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have offered their projections, which you can see in map form below.

As you can see, they offer differing pictures. This first graphic comes from AccuWeather.

These next two maps come from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

While AccuWeather is predicting more snow than normal for Wichita, NOAA’s outlook for the southern Great Plains calls is warmer and drier than average – consistent with a La Nina. That’s not good news for regions already struggling with drought.