NOAA updated the 2017 Climate outlooks on April 20th. Parts of the country will continue to experience above normal temperatures. For precipitation, most of the country has equal chances of seeing above, below or normal precipitation.
For temperatures, for the Eastern and Southern part of the US, the overall trend May will be another above normal month. The Southeast has an even slightly higher likelihood of seeing the warm temperatures (as shown in the deeper red in the graphic below). This does not mean this area will not see cool periods, but on the whole, we expect the average temperature for May to be above normal. For the West, into the Rockies and the Northern Plains, the long range models are not showing a trend for either above or below normal. Hence this area is shown as white, with EC (Equal Chances) of seeing above, below or normal temperatures.
For precipitation, the long range models are highlighting two pockets for above normal precipitation. The first area in the Northern Plains is centered on Montana. The second area is in the western Gulf Coast region across Texas and Louisiana. We also have an area that is trending for below normal precipitation in the Great Lakes and Western Ohio River Valley Region. Otherwise, much of the country has Equal Chances (EC ) of seeing above, below or normal precipitation in May.
For a more detailed briefing and a look at what we expect through the end of April, check our 2017 May Climate outlook video.
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