What weather will 2013 bring in Maryland? It's impossible to know, but that doesn't stop forecasters from making (educated) guesses.
The Climate Prediction Center in College Park is forecasting long-term trends that suggest another warmer-than-normal year for the mid-Atlantic. The center expects equal chances of a warm, normal or cold winter, but after that, predictions skew warm.
At least a 40 percent chance of above-average temperatures is forecast for most of the continental U.S. in the spring. The same goes for summer 2013, and, for Maryland and a smaller share of the nation, in the fall months.
In 2012, all months but November were warmer than average at BWI Marshall Airport, ranking the year among the top five warmest on record in Baltimore.
The Old Farmer's Almanac expects more cold and snow to come in mid-February, with a warm and dry conditions to dominate most of the rest of the year for the northern Atlantic Coast. The strongest threat of a tropical cyclone is expected in June, rather than in the heart of the hurricane season in August and September.
Of course, any predictions this far out are easily foiled. Last winter, the almanac called for cold and snowy conditions in the mid-Alantic, and it was one of the driest and mildest winters on record.