NOAA to issue 2021 U.S. Winter Outlook October 21

Flowing river in winter.
Flowing river in winter. (iStock)
Video: October 21 virtual media briefing on Winter Outlook 2021

On October 21, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, will announce the U.S. temperature and precipitation outlook for winter, extending from December 2021 through February 2022. During a virtual webinar, NOAA forecasters will also discuss the ongoing drought in the western U.S. and announce the seasonal Drought Outlook for the season ahead.

NOAA produces seasonal outlooks to help the nation prepare for weather and climate that is likely to come during the next few months, to minimize negative impacts on lives and livelihoods. Empowering people with the information they need to take action to protect themselves is key to NOAA’s effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation


Thursday, October 21, at 11 a.m. Eastern / 8 a.m. Pacific


Virtual media briefing on NOAA's 2021 U.S. Winter Outlook


Jon Gottschalck, chief, Operational Prediction Branch, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center


GoToWebinar: The briefing will be followed by a Q&A session. An accompanying news release will be issued at the start of the webinar. 

NOTE: For credentialed reporters only. Interested reporters must register using this GoToWebinar form offsite link. To participate in the Q&A portion of the media briefing, please be sure to register using your full name and media affiliation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Interview requests

For one-on-one interview requests following the teleconference, please contact Jasmine Blackwell to make arrangements at (202) 841-9184.


Media contact

Jasmine Blackwell,, (202) 841-9184

Video: October 21 virtual media briefing on Winter Outlook 2021