Fall has just begun but why not peak ahead at the early outlook for this winter? Could we be in for a repeat of last winter? The winter of 2011-2012 was a fairly dry, mild winter overall. It ranked as the 9th warmest winter of the past 142. It was the 48th least snowiest winter of 128. Early indications from the Climate Prediction Center have us outlooked for above average temperatures. The bulls eye of the 40% or more probability of a milder than average winter is centered right over Illinois and Indiana.
The outlook for precipitation isn't quite as clear. It would seem to adjust suggest a winter similar to last year for most of the area with snowfall less than average. Extreme northern and northwestern Illinois is not included in area outlooked with a 33% or higher probability of below average precipitation.
Finally, the Farmers' Almanac has released its outlook for this upcoming winter season. Here is a quote: