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Warmer-than-usual weather eyed for much of US through year-end

Warmer-than-usualweather is anticipated for much of the United States from October-December,particularly out West, according to the latest seasonal from The Weather Company.

Fromthe winter season spanning December-February 2017, above-normal temperaturesare eyed for most regions of the country, except for areas of the Northeast,where an early colder winter is likely.

"ByNovember, as the response to the La Nina forcing undergoes the typicallate-autumn transition, we might expect an early start to winter in parts ofthe eastern U.S.," Todd Crawford, chief meteorologist at The WeatherCompany, said. "As the winter evolves, we expect the colder risk to endabruptly in the East after the New Year. On average, we expect the winter to becharacterized by widespread above-normal temperatures, in part due to what weare calling a 'hangover' from the historically-strong El Nino event lastwinter, as there is still an excess of global heat sloshing through the system.Because of this, we expect generally above-normal temperatures this winterthrough the western two-thirds of the U.S., with occasional cold in the easternU.S. generally focused during the first half of winter."

InOctober, above-average temperatures are projected for the Northeast, Southeast,Midwest and the Southwest. Cooler-than-average conditions are eyed for thePacific Northwest in October.

ForNovember, warmer-than-usual conditions are anticipated across nearly all of thecountry, expect for the Southeast, where colder-than-average weather shouldprevail.

"Wewill be keeping a close eye on how the supply picture is shaping up as well asthe impact on the overall demand components. By this time, the gas storageoperators will be keeping a close eye on how the month of December is shapingup, especially in the Northeast," Jeff Richter, principal at EnergyGPS,wrote in the outlook.

InDecember, below-normal temperatures are likely in the Northeast and Southeast,with warmer-than-usual conditions seen for the remainder of the country duringthat month.

TheWeather Company will issue its next seasonal outlook Oct. 25.