Modest Drought Improvement on parts of the Great Plains

Drought coverage and intensity remained nearly steady across the West with more than two-thirds of California designated with extreme to exceptional drought. Drought intensified during the past month across the central and southern Great Plains, while the Midwest experienced drought reduction. Most of the eastern U.S. remains drought-free. The drought outlook valid through July 31,… Read more »

Drought improvement forecast for parts of the Plains, Corn Belt

Long-term drought is predicted to continue across California, interior Oregon, the Great Basin, the Desert Southwest, the southern Rockies, and the southern High Plains, as the traditional winter wet season draws to a close in the next few weeks. Mountain snow packs are running well below-average across much of this region. The Pacific Northwest still… Read more »

NOAA: moderate flood potential in Midwest, elevated risk of ice jams

According to NOAA’s Spring Outlook recently, rivers in half of the continental United States are at minor or moderate risk of exceeding flood levels this spring with the highest threat in the southern Great Lakes region due to above-average snowpack and a deep layer of frozen ground. Additionally, drought is expected to continue in California… Read more »

Drought expansion in the West expands slightly eastward

Much needed precipitation brought limited drought relief to parts of the Northwest, the Great Basin, and the northern Intermountain West, but drought continued to expand and intensify across parts of California, the desert Southwest and the southern Rockies. Outside of spotty precipitation over southern and western Texas, drought also expanded across much of the central… Read more »

Drought expansion in the West, Southwest

During the past month, drought conditions improved across parts of the Intermountain West, Rockies, southern Plains, lower Mississippi Valley, upper Midwest, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast. In most of these areas, the trend toward improvement is not expected to continue through the first 3 months of 2014, and in fact some drought development (or re-development) is anticipated… Read more »

NOAA Winter Outlook: A Drier Forecast for the Heartland

Winter is likely to offer little relief to the drought-stricken U.S. Southwest, and drought is likely to develop across parts of the Southeast as below-average precipitation is favored in these areas of the country, according to NOAA’s annual Winter Outlook recently announced.

Modest Drought Improvement for part of the Heartland

The November 2013 Drought Outlook is based on initial conditions, short and medium range forecasts,  updated monthly outlooks for temperature and precipitation, and climatology. During late October, heavy rains ahead of a slow moving cold front fell across parts of south-central and southeastern Texas, causing localized flooding in Austin and regions just to the southwest…. Read more »

Drought variability across the Heartland

During the previous 30 days, below average rainfall was observed along most of the eastern seaboard and the Appalachians, promoting the expansion of abnormal dryness across the Northeast and parts of the southern Atlantic coastal plain. In contrast, several days of heavy rainfall over the Chesapeake watershed associated with a slow moving coastal storm caused… Read more »

NOAA: Atlantic hurricane season on track to be above-normal

NOAA recently issued its updated Atlantic hurricane season outlook saying the season is shaping up to be above normal with the possibility that it could be very active. The season has already produced four named storms, with the peak of the season – mid-August through October – yet to come. The Complete NOAA Story

Contiguous United States was cool and dry in March

According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous United States during March 2013 was 40.8°F, 0.9°F below the 20th century average. It was the 43rd coolest March on record. Colder temperatures dominated east of the Rockies, and warm conditions prevailed in the West. March, 2013 Highlights