Warmer temperatures expected this upcoming winter

This upcoming winter may see above-average temperatures. — Rich Saltzberg

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its winter outlook for the U.S., and it shows that Martha’s Vineyard is leaning toward having a 33 to 44 percent chance of seeing “above average” winter temperatures. However, it is uncertain whether the Island will see increased precipitation or drought during the winter, each weather phenomenon having “equal chances” of having increases or decreases, according to NOAA. 

According to the press release, La Niña, a weather phenomenon the National Weather Service describes as “the periodic cooling of ocean surface temperatures in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific,” is “driving warmer-than-average temperatures” for the Southwest, along the Gulf Coast, and Eastern Seaboard in the U.S.

The outlook covers the months of December through February. Frank Nocera, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Norton office, shared the average temperature on Martha’s Vineyard with The Times. Based on Vineyard Haven temperature data from 1991 to 2020, temperatures show that December has an average temperature of 37°F, January has an average temperature of 31.4°F, and February has an average temperature of 31.9°F.


  1. I guess this is as good of a time as any to make my annual offer to climate deniers to make some easy money.
    I am offering 5 to one odds that 2023 will globally be one of the ten warmest years in the modern record, as determined by The world meteorological organization and NOAA.

    I will put up $50 to your ten. I will accept a maximum of 20 wagers.
    Payout will be after the official records are in — usually in late March.

    Natural or unnatural events such as
    Large impacts from asteroids or comets, volcanic activity or the detonation of nuclear weapons with enough force to place particulate matter into the atmosphere in sufficient amounts to cool or warm the planet as determined by such meteorological organizations as mentioned above void the wager.

    Come on deniers– $ 50 easy bucks. Imagine how good it will feel to take that money from a radical liberal alarmist.

    And I will actually pay it.

    • Most people don’t deny some warming but they don’t like the solutions you and the government propose. They don’t like the hysteria and the hypocrisy and they don’t like the religion. Science has replaced faith and assumed a properly religious function… Science is the religion of our time: it is that which men believe in or it is that which they believe that they believe in. The religion of science requires an eschatology (end times). It needs a mechanism to keep the faithful afraid, and so strengthen their faith, while also keeping a priestly class of scientists in power. One Swedish post pubescent believes in the prophecies, and so she awaits the end of the world. But science has never before required eschatology as its task. Those who question sibylline prophecies are called climate deniers. Many like me reject the dire predictions of the end of the world and hence are viewed as knuckleheads who are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good. We are charged with rejecting proven science.

      • andy– most people don’t deny some warming– at least not now– you denied it for years– nice to see you are admitting it–
        So , will you take my bet ?
        Special offer to you , buddy— 10 to one—- how about that ? Special offer to you only — could be double or nothing on the you know what bet—

    • As usual you put a lot of dangling conditions on your rants and/or bets.I am a candidate to accept your bet but only under the following;Drop your copout 2023 temature contingencies and secondly provide me with a either a $50.00 surety bond, current credit report or copies of your 2020 and
      2021 signed Federal tax return which would satisfy me as to your financial worthiness and ability to pay up. Deal ?

      • eddie– if we were to bet that a certain horse would win the triple crown, and i would give you odds on that, would you expect me to pay if the horse i was betting on was murdered ?
        Would you expect me to pay if Churchill Downs had a fire and burned to the ground and killed my favored horse ?
        And really– I am a man of my word– do you really expect me to publicly post my tax returns ? But ok — I am proposing a public wager– post yours first– i promise you, that if you post your entire tax return on this site. i will also.
        I file with turbo tax– I have 126 pages of returns — I will be more than happy to put it up here with some redactions if you do the same—

  2. It doesn’t sound like you care at all about the future of anything or anyone.
    That’s fine for you, but not for me.

    • polly – it is sometimes unclear about who is responding to whom.
      it looks like your comment about not caring about the future is directed at me .
      Please clarify .

Comments are closed.