March 21, 2013: Spring Outlook for Temperatures, Precipitation and Flooding
NOAA issued the three-month U.S. Spring (April 1-June 30, 2013) Outlook today, stating that
odds favor above-average temperatures across much of the continental
United States, including drought-stricken areas of Texas, the Southwest
and the Great Plains. Spring promises little drought relief for most of
these areas, as well as Florida, with below- average spring
precipitation favored there. Meanwhile, river flooding is likely to be
worse than last year across the country, with the most significant flood
potential in North Dakota.
"This outlook reminds us of the climate diversity and weather
extremes we experience in North America, where one state prepares for
flooding while neighboring states are parched, with no drought relief in
sight," said Laura Furgione, deputy director of NOAA's National Weather Service. "We produce this outlook to help communities prepare for what's likely to come in the next few months and minimize weather's impacts on lives and livelihoods. A Weather-Ready Nation hopes for the best, but prepares for the worst."
The U.S. Spring Outlook identifies the likelihood of spring flood
risk and expectations for temperature, precipitation and drought. The
outlook is based on a number of factors, including current conditions of
snowpack, drought, soil moisture, streamflow, precipitation, Pacific
Ocean temperatures and consensus among climate forecast models.