On Friday, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC)
updated their forecast for June
. There were only a few subtle differences from the outlook issued a couple of weeks ago
. Colder than average weather is still predicted in the Plains, but confined mainly to the southern Plains. Above normal temperatures remain in the forecast along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines, with areas in the Canadian border added in the northern Plains.
The precipitation forecast continues to show a wide area of wetter than normal conditions in the West and southern Plains. This is reflected in the drought forecast, which will likely see the removal of any remaining drought areas. Below normal precipitation is in the forecast across most of the northern tier of the nation, which will lead to drought conditions in the Northwest and northern Plains.
El Nino conditions continue in the central Pacific
and are expected to linger through the summer, according to the CPC
. 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.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels