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NOAA: Northwest spring will be cooler than usual


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a cooler-than-usual spring for the Pacific Northwest while predicting just the opposite for most of the U.S.

It reports:

"Above-normal temperatures this spring are most likely across most of the continental U.S. and northern Alaska. Below-normal temperatures are favored for the Pacific Northwest and extreme northern Great Plains. For precipitation, odds favor wetter-than-normal conditions in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions. Drier-than-normal conditions are most likely in much of the West, the Rockies, parts of the Southwest, much of Texas, along the Gulf Coast and Florida. Hawaii has an enhanced chance of being cooler and drier than normal."

In a more serious prediction, NOAA says that it expects the drought in the central and western regions of the United States will persist and new drought is expected to develop "in California, the Southwest, the southern Rockies, Texas, and Florida."

Credit NOAA
A map showing below-average precipitation in tan and above-average precipitation in green.