What does winter have in store for Georgians? Recent winters have consisted of progressively colder temperatures, heavier amounts of snow and thicker layers of ice. Since 1929, Atlanta has averaged 2 inches of snow per year but the average has increased to 3.4 inches over the past five years.
According to the NOAA Climate Prediction Center winter outlook, the pattern of colder temperatures and above normal chances of precipitation is likely to continue during the upcoming winter.
While research continues into what the upcoming winter season might have in store, one key factor meteorologists examine when creating long-range outlooks is the existing snowpack in Siberia. Research shows a relationship between the size of the Siberian snowpack in October and the amount of arctic air buildup and its accompanying impact on the Jetstream flow. The October 2014 Siberian snowpack was the second highest on record since 1967 with only the winter of 1976 having more. That could mean a cold, wet winter is in store.