A few updates have been made to the February outlook
from the previous forecast
issued in the middle of January. The eastern third of the nation is now expected to see warmer than normal weather, along with the Southwest. Below average temperatures are forecast in the High Plains.
Only a few minor changes were made to the precipitation forecast. The High Plains and Southeast are still expected to be wetter than normal. Below average precipitation is forecast for the Central Plains and in California. The may lead to drought conditions expanding in parts of the West.
The CPC noted
that the forecast were based on model guidance, statistical tools, global weather patterns, and local sea surface temperatures. El Nino or La Nina will not be in a factor
over the coming months as Pacific Ocean water temperatures are near average.