U.S. Northeast May Have the Coldest Winter in a Decade

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    U.S. Northeast May Have Coldest Winter in a Decade (Update2) - Bloomberg.com

    By Todd Zeranski and Erik Schatzker
    Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Northeast may have the coldest winter in a decade because of a weak El Nino, a warming current in the Pacific Ocean, according to Matt Rogers, a forecaster at Commodity Weather Group.
    “Weak El Ninos are notorious for cold and snowy weather on the Eastern seaboard,” Rogers said in a Bloomberg Television interview from Washington. “About 70 percent to 75 percent of the time a weak El Nino will deliver the goods in terms of above-normal heating demand and cold weather. It’s pretty good odds.”
    Warming in the Pacific often means fewer Atlantic hurricanes and higher temperatures in the U.S. Northeast during January, February and March, according to the National Weather Service. El Nino occurs every two to five years, on average, and lasts about 12 months, according to the service.
    Hedge-fund managers and other large speculators increased their net-long positions, or bets prices will rise, in New York heating oil futures in the week ended Sep. 22, according to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data Sept. 25.
    “It could be one of the coldest winters, or the coldest, winter of the decade,” Rogers said.
    U.S. inventories of distillate fuels, which include heating oil, are at their highest since January 1983, the U.S. Energy Department said Sept. 23. Stockpiles of 170.8 million barrels in the week ended Sept. 18 are 28 percent above the five-year average.
    Heating oil for October delivery rose 1.38 cents, or 0.8 percent, to settle at $1.6909 a gallon on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
    To contact the reporter on this story: Todd Zeranski in New York at tzeranski@bloomberg.net; Erik Schatzker in New York at eschatzker@bloomberg.net
     
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    last thing we need, thats for sure
     
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    We're going to be screwed on the West Coast to, Seattle is already getting freezing temps.
     
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    What ever happened to all that global warming?
     
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    snapped cold here yesterday....its looking like a hard winter by the 'signs'
     
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    We have had a very cool summer here in Colorado too, it felt like winter last week but warmed up again today.
     
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    hell, we only had about 3 weeks of summer like weather here
     
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    If I lived in the northeast, I'd invest in a 1,000 gallon propane tank. The stuff is relatively cheap these days.
     
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    Here in Portland, Oregon, we had a very hot summer. Right now, feels like fall, and the snow level is down to 4500 ft. Good thing, Hood was looking positively naked. Most El Ninos result in low water winters for us. Not a good thing. California get our water, and their hills all slide down into the suburbs. However, the Sierras need a good heavy blanket of snow.
     
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    I have been running my mouth about this winter for almost six months and from the looks of it, we only have 2-3 weeks left before winter begins. Right now the 288 hour GFS is calling for below freezing temps in New York City in the middle of OCTOBER -- which is unheard of.

    People need to be prepared for this winter... this is going to remind us of the winters we had in the late 1970s.
     

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