2020 Fall and Winter Weather Predictions

Like putting on the Christmas album before we’ve sat down to Thanksgiving dinner, it seems early to begin talking about winter while hurricane season extends beyond average expectations. But the recent warming trends that have caused record breaking hurricane activity in the Gulf this summer are expected to affect eastern and northern parts of the United States in the coming winter, with below-normal average temperatures in the western portion of the nation. With cold temperatures and snow in the north, droughts in the south, other parts of the U.S. could experience record breaking rainfall and precipitation. While upcoming fall forecasts are relatively mild, winter looks quite different from last year’s almost snow-free winter across the U.S.

What Average Temperature Changes Mean To Fall Storm Seasons  

Predictions based on the cooling of sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean are a main variable known to influence the weather patterns that follow. This summer, above average warmth was recorded from near the Mississippi River all the way to the West Coast. From the Northeast across the central states to the West Coast, most cities in the U.S. are expected to experience warmer than average temperatures this fall. This makes the chances of an early snowfall season far less probable and the potential for drought much more likely. However, parts of the U.S. that saw cooler-than-normal temperatures are expected to have more difficult weather.


A Winter Weather Preview

As the leaves begin to change color and fall from the trees, above normal rainfall is expected to span the Deep South to the Northeast, as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest. Snowier periods will last longer in regions farther north, compared to the drier regions. Policyholders in the North can expect to see cooler-than-average temperatures with heavy snowfall and intense cold snaps.


What Insurance Carriers across the U.S. can expect from Fall and Winter 2020

Because of the change in average summer temperatures, it is probable that the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions will experience blizzards and bomb cyclones. According to The Farmers Almanac, the Great Lakes region will also see above-normal snowfall in the western Dakotas, northern Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, eastern Washington and Oregon. Eastern Ohio, Kentucky, and the Southern Plains can expect to receive copious amounts of rain, sleet and snow in early 2021.

Across the Southwest, Arizona, and southern California and Colorado, are expected to experience a mild winter, which is not good news considering drought conditions are literally spawning kindling for increasingly ferocious fire seasons. The Tennessee and lower Ohio River valley regions will be winter’s “wild card.” A rather intense weather system is expected to keep a mix of winter storms active here.


Who’s ready to say goodbye to 2020?

We are!! But not without adequate precautions and preparations taken for what 2021 could hold. Afterall, most of us owe 2019 a sincere apology! So, no matter where you are, break out those parkas, rain slickers and puffy winter coats. Currently changing weather patterns and intense winter weather systems are sure to keep the U.S. well acquainted with catastrophe and the need for reliable and effective insurance partnership. It’s only a matter of time before we receive an inundation of frozen pipes, fires,  

At Vector Risk Solutions, we are looking ahead. Our catastrophe services can be implemented at a moment’s notice. If your policyholder is experiencing a loss and you need to provide them with a reliable, trusted, and accurate adjuster, choose Vector. We know that the nature of catastrophic events are complex, and each claim is unique. It is our goal to see that our clients persevere in times of uncompromising natural devastation.