It's been a beautiful autumn in Drumheller and area with summer-like temperatures for much of October and November, but winter is just around the corner. So, how bad is the news?
 
"Looking ahead at the Seasonal Outlook, the trend of above normal conditions is going to continue," reported Environment Canada meteorologist Kirk Torneby. "It may not be quite as warm or quite as dry as it has been through November, but definitely the warm conditions are expected to persist through the winter."
 
Many people felt the nice weather this fall was payback for a cool, wet summer that followed a warm El Nino winter last year.
 
"It looks like external forces like El Nino, La Nina, those type of things aren't playing a significant role (now)," explained Torneby. "We're back to a more neutral position in terms of overall forecasting, so more normal winter conditions are expected."
 
Of course, that doesn't mean we're not going to see hints of just what Old Man Winter can do, he cautioned.
 
"We always look at the good Arctic air outbreaks through the winter (and) last week there was some early indications that it might have been one of those conditions that developed, but lucky for us that ridge broke down and cold air didn't fly through the province, but we will see a few of these, definitely, throughout the winter."
 

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