This winter’s weather will feature dramatic shifts between hot and cold from month to month, and even week to week, due to the absence of either an El Nino or La Nina in the Pacific Ocean. El Nino is an unusual warming of the Pacific ocean which leads to a mild winter in the U.S., while La Nina does the opposite. Without either one, the weather will fluctuate wildly.

Richard Valdmanis writes in that most weather forecasting agencies agree on this prediction. “We’re going to see outstanding cold spells throughout the U.S., balanced by unseasonable warmth,” said AccuWeather’s Joe Bastardi.

“Our forecast emphasizes volatility, including cold snaps in the Northeast, and colder-than-normal weather in the Midwest and Plains,” says Matt Rogers of EarthSat.

Craig Solberg, of Freese-Notis, says November will be colder than normal in the West and warmer than normal in the East. In December, cold weather will move East and it will be colder than normal there, according to Scott Yuknis of Meteorlogix.

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