Summer is almost here and NOAA's Climate Prediction Center recently issued their forecast covering June, July, and August. Warmer than normal temperatures are expected in the eastern and western sections of the nation. Colder than average weather is in the forecast for the Plains. Wetter than normal weather is expected across much of the nation, with only the far northwest and southwest forecast to see below average precipitation.
Good news continues in the drought forecast. Only the Pacific Northwest is expected to see drought conditions expand, with persistence along coastal South Carolina and Georgia.
El Nino conditions continue in the central Pacific
and are expected to linger through the summer. That, coupled with near record soil moisture conditions in the Plains led to the cooler than normal temperature forecast. The majority of forecast tools favor warmth along the East and West Coasts. Model guidance and global trends were the main factors leading to the above average precipitation forecast in most of the West and Plains, according to the CPC
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels