Updated Monthly Drought Outlook Shows Improvement
The Climate Prediction Center has issued an updated drought forecast for April. Drought improvement is anticipated for much of the Central and Eastern US for the month ahead. Dry conditions are expected to worsen in parts of the Texas and Florida for the month. With the climatological transition from the wet season to the dry season across the West, small areas of pre-existing drought in southern California and southern Arizona are favored to persist in April.
— NWSCPC (@NWSCPC) March 31, 2017
Climatology favors increased precipitation across the Great Plains in April, and either improvement or removal of drought conditions for many areas. A possible exception includes the south-central High Plains which has been missing out on much of the recent precipitation. Drought development is possible for portions of western and extreme southern Texas.
Drought improvement or removal is predicted for the Middle and Lower Mississippi Valley, the Interior Southeast, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Northeast, based primarily on expected precipitation during the first week of April. A fairly dry pattern is expected for much of the remainder of the month.
For the southern Atlantic Coast, including most of peninsular Florida, pre-existing drought is forecast to persist, while drought development is expected to fill in across some areas. This is normally the height of the dry season for Florida before the rainy season, which usually starts in May.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels