2 weather models predict opposite winter outlooks

California is nearing the end of the dry season, and on the heels of a drought, is in desperate need of a wet winter.

When one of my Twitter followers mentioned the Farmer's Almanac forecast, it inspired me to compare that outlook to the popular Climate Prediction Center forecast.

I found the two have contradicting predictions for the wettest time period in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley, December through February.

The CPC is forecasting an equal chance of below or above normal precipitation for much of California, but above normal for Southern California.

The Farmer's Almanac predicts above normal precipitation for Northern California, but below normal for the southern part of the state and the mountains.

Since much of our reservoir storage comes from runoff, this could be bad news for yet another rainy season.

We'll continue to monitor these two predictions and see which one comes out closer to the actual precipitation.

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