The summer solstice has just passed and the days will grow shorter and shorter from here on out until the winter season gets underway. While winter is still a long way off, there are already some clues that can provide some insight as to what kind of weather we can expect around here in the Mid-Atlantic region. First, signs point to the formation of warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures by the upcoming winter season in two key areas of the Pacific Ocean: 1) the central equatorial region and 2) the Gulf of Alaska. Second, there is little doubt that solar activity will remain on the low side through the upcoming winter season as we are rapidly approaching the next solar minimum phase from an already historically weak solar cycle #24. Finally, one important wintertime cold air source region for the Mid-Atlantic is Greenland and it is currently experiencing above-normal snow and ice cover. While this is in the speculation phase, all of these factors point to the possibility of cold and snowy conditions in the Mid-Atlantic region during the upcoming 2018-2019 winter season.
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Certainly there are early signs of something akin to 1962/3 which hit both sides of the Atlantic hard.
As has been discussed by commenters over at WeatherAction.Com earlier this year 2018-1962 = 56 ÷ 18.6 (lunar cycle) = 3.01. That winter came just under 5 years after solar maximum in March 1958. The approaching winter also comes just shy of 5 years after solar maximum in April 2014.
Time will tell.
h/t Joe Bastardi