This morning, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center
issued their outlook for Spring
. Warmer and drier than average conditions are expected across most of the South, especially in the Southwest. The March to May forecast has above average precipitation across the northern tier of the nation. Colder than normal temperatures are expected in the Northwest.
Drought conditions are expected to worsen in the Southwest with the below average precipitation forecast for Spring. Drought coverage is expected to expand across the West. Drought improvement and contraction is in the outlook for the western Corn Belt, lower Mississippi Valley, and parts of the Southeast.
La Nina has been the words of this Winter, as the waters of the Central Pacific Ocean remain below average
. According to the Climate Prediction Center
, La Nina is expected to decay rapidly with water temperatures returning to near normal over the Spring months. This trend was followed closely for the Spring forecast, along with model guidance.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels