May Forecast Issued from the Climate Prediction Center Apr 20, 2017

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) today issued its 30 day outlook for next month, this upcoming May. It calls for warmer than normal temperatures in much of the Southern and Eastern sections of the nation. Drier than average conditions are expected in the Western Great Lakes. Wetter than normal weather is expected in parts of the High Plains and Western Gulf of Mexico coast.

The CPC notes that neutral water temperatures are still being found in the Pacific Ocean. Therefore, no influences are expected in May from an El Nino or La Nina. Forecast model predictions were used heavily by the CPC for the outlook, along with current overall meteorological trends. Soil moisture and snow pack were also considered.  Moisture levels are high in soils over portions of the Midwest, which typically has a lagged relationship with below normal temperatures. Above normal snow pack in the Central and Northern Rockies will have a cooling effect on averages.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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