Warmth and wet weather are the main topics of the new 90 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center. The May to July forecast is calling for wetter than normal conditions over much of the nation. Above average temperatures are expected in the eastern and western thirds of the nation. Cooler than normal readings are forecast in the central Plains.
Great news continues in the drought forecast, with only the Pacific Northwest potentially seeing drought conditions. Below normal precipitation is in the May to July forecast for that region.
The Climate Prediction Center noted the main influences in the forecast were soil moisture conditions, current climate trends, overall weather patterns and model guidance. Weak El Nino conditions are expected to continue into the early summer as warmer than normal Pacific Ocean temperatures are being observed.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels