April Forecast Issued From the Climate Prediction Center
On Thursday, the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) issued its monthly forecast for April across the country. It is calling for above average temperatures in most of the eastern and southern parts of the nation. Wetter than normal conditions are expected along the Gulf Coast and in the Upper Midwest. Below average precipitation is expected in the Pacific Northwest.
The CPC notes that atmospheric and oceanic signals indicate that the La Nina from the winter months has faded, and neutral water temperatures are being found in the Pacific Ocean. Therefore, no influences are expected this upcoming month from an El Nino or La Nina. Forecast model predictions were used heavily by the CPC for this outlook, along with overall trends being found in the atmosphere.
Above normal water temperatures have been observed along the Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard, along with below normal soil moisture. This leads to the warmer than average forecast over much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels