NOAA predicts mixed bag of drought, flooding and warm weather in 3-month U.S. Spring Outlook

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued its three-month U.S. Spring Outlook last week on March 21, 2013.

The 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, precipitation and Pacific Ocean temperatures.

The Outlook stated that odds favor above-average temperatures across much of the continental United States. Spring promises little drought relief to Texas, the Southwest and the Great Plains, while river flooding is likely to be worse than last year across the country.

Laura Furgione, deputy director of NOAA's National Weather Service, said, "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."

Follow the link to read the detailed Spring Outlook: 1.usa.gov/WX3yVc

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