Above Average Temperatures and Below Average Precipitation Forecast for Fall! Credit: (NOAA Climate Prediction Center)
DISCUSSION: Summer seems to keep hanging on as the Climate Prediction Center has released their Fall outlook valid for the months of October, November, and December. For most of the continental United States, temperatures are forecast to be warmer than normal for this time of year. For the Southwestern United States, temperatures are forecast to be well above-average and in New England temperatures for Fall are expected to be warmer than usual for this time of year. Alaska will also be getting in on these above normal temperatures as northern parts of the state are also expected to be as much as 60% above average.
Fall precipitation across most of the United States are expected to shake out as such that these regions could see above, below, or normal precipitation values. For the Southeastern United States, precipitation forecasts for the Fall are expected to be drier than normal. The state of Montana and the southern most parts of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia are forecast to be slightly above average. The warm temperatures combined with the below average precipitation forecast could impact drought conditions across the Southeast.
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