Seasonal drought outlook through June 30

Seasonal Drought Outlook

Seasonal Drought Outlook

The National Weather Service has released an updated Seasonal Drought Outlook for March 21 through June 30, 2013.

Their description:


Latest Seasonal Assessment – The drought outlook for March 21 – June 30, 2013 is based primarily on short-, medium-, and long-range forecasts, initial conditions, and climatology. Since the release of the previous drought outlook issued on March 7, 2013, the largest drought improvement occurred across the middle to upper Mississippi Valley and the Ozark region. Improvement is forecast to continue across these areas and extend northwest to include much of the Dakotas and Minnesota. Some improvement is forecast for the most intense drought areas of the central and southern Great Plains. Prospects for drought improvement decrease further south across the southern high Plains and Texas. Drought is forecast to persist for much of the West and expand across northern California and southern Oregon. During the past two months, major improvement occurred across Georgia and South Carolina where additional improvement is expected. Drought is forecast to persist or develop across the Florida peninsula but it will likely be short-lived as the rainy season typically begins during June. Some improvement is expected for the smaller areas of drought across northern Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands.

Forecaster: B. Pugh

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

One thought on “Seasonal drought outlook through June 30”

  1. We need to ensure that we read the fine print with this map as it can be somewhat misleading. Make sure to read and understand the note at the bottom of the text on this graph. Improvement does not necessarily mean that we will be emerging from the current drought.


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