I'll go on record to say I now believe there will be a colder than average spell of Weather in the US from Xmas this year to early May, 2013. The Science Forum might like to give Members access to a Prediction Forum where this type of Thread may be Posted. I base this statement on the fact that I believe cooler water( sub-surface), will be drawn up from the Southern Ocean along the Western Coast of South America to Central America, welling up towards the Aleuthan Chain of Islands and interacting with less saline waters coming down from the Artic Circle. At the same time I expect the less Saline Waters to cause disturbance in the North Atlantic bringing more on-shore colder air into Eastern Canada and North East America. westwind.