Federal forecasters say weather patterns suggest a dry winter for much of the nation already experiencing drought condition.

FOX's Eben Brown reports:

The winter seasonal outlook now published by NOAA says a 'La Nina' is forming, and that will likely cause a warmer and drier winter for the southern tier of the United States. And that includes drought laden Southern California:

(Halpert) "You know, it's been four to five years in a row now that they've had below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures, especially Southern California. It's probably take a couple of wet winters in a row to really put a big dent in this drought here right now."

NOAA's Mike Halpert. Things are predicted to be wetter and cooler further North, but the outlook does not predict numbers of winter storms.

In Miami, Eben Brown, FOX News.

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