The Climate Prediction Center
has updated the April outlook
, continuing the trend of the previous outlook
of warm and dry conditions. Above average temperatures are in the forecast over most of the nation, especially in the western Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. Only the Pacific Northwest expected to see a cooler than normal month.
Odds favor drier than average weather from the Southeast and Gulf Coast states westward to the Four Corners. This will likely lead to continued drought conditions in the West, and Texas with drought development in Florida. Above normal precipitation is forecast in the Upper Midwest.
The Climate Prediction Center noted
that model forecasts were the primary guidance used in the April outlook. La Nina conditions are still being observed in the Pacific and are expected to continue for April, so typical La Nina impacts played a roll in the forecast for this month. Soil moisture and sea surface temperatures were also considered.