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Why did winter skip Florida this year?

Florida's weather is known for being unpredictable and ever changing, but this year's "winter was reported as the warmest since 2006."

Snows were running far above average in the regions of Central Asia and the North Pole in 2016– but of course, there's also no year quite like 2016 in the historical record when it comes to Arctic sea ice, either. These factors are the key for this winter in Florida. For technical reasons, the lingering temperature contrast between the warmer than average Arctic and colder than average Central Asian landmass is likely to continue driving a stronger than average jet, on average, over the next three months.

So while the presence of heavy snowpack in Siberia is often a good indicator of future severe cold outbreaks, this winter, those cold air masses are going to struggle to push all the way south into Florida at full strength, because their approach will be blunted by stronger than average west-to-east winds at upper levels.

WeatherTiger's suite of proprietary seasonal climate models, of a fairly cold and snowy winter in the northern tier of the U.S., including the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest, with more normal temperature and precipitation anomalies across the Upper South and some drier and warmer than average conditions in the southern Plains and Southeast.

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