The year is over and the numbers are out. The United States finished with the second warmest year on record. Every state reported an average temp higher than the "20th century" average of 52°. The only year that finished warmer was 2012.
Maryland had a relatively warm year despite our mild Summer and below normal Winter. This speaks volumes as to how warm we finished 2015 in Maryland.
El-Nino had a definite affect on 2015 and now plays a key roll in our Winter season. We'll be tracking snow potential all Winter with this tricky El-Nino set up. The influence of the Subtropical Jet will provide ample moisture to the East Coast & Mid-Atlantic, which can bring an ideal setup for wintry precip, if cold air is in place. Otherwise, this pattern can keep us too warm, leading to very low snow totals for the season.