The feds have come out with their forecast for the upcoming winter season, saying that it will be a warmer than normal winter, thought not as warm as last winter. (Yeah, instead of -23ºF, it will be -22ºF. Last year it was -20ºF......)
Apparently there is a weak El Niño in the Pacific, which will cause a slight shift in the jet stream. This will steer weather systems in a slightly different path and block some of the arctic air masses from traveling so far south. It also means that it's likely that some of the drought that has been plaguing parts of the US will be lessened by increased snow and rainfall over the coming winter.
If I don't have to burn as much firewood or propane this winter, that will be just fine with me.