Updated April Forecast Issued from the Climate Prediction Center
The Climate Prediction Center has made a few small changes to the April forecast issued earlier today. The previous outlook had a large area of warmer than normal conditions for the eastern half of the nation. It has expanded that bubble of warmth and increased the chances for above average temperatures throughout most of the South and East. In the Pacific Northwest, the forecast now calls for above average precipitation, a change from the previous drier than normal forecast. Small position changes were made in the Upper Midwest and Lower Mississippi Valley to the wetter than normal precipitation outlook.
Our final outlook for April forecasts above normal temperatures east of the Mississippi and much of the south http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/lead14/
The CPC notes that neutral water temperatures are being found in the Pacific Ocean. Therefore, no influences are expected in April from an El Nino or La Nina. Forecast model predictions were used heavily by the CPC for this outlook, along with current 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.
— NWSCPC (@NWSCPC) March 31, 2017
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels