Posted: Thursday, March 21st 2013 at 1:13pm
Warm spring, continued drought predicted for US
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Government forecasters say much of the United States can expect a warm spring and persistent drought.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said Thursday above-normal temperatures are predicted across most of the Lower 48 states and northern Alaska. The forecast also calls for little relief for the drought-stricken Midwest and Southwest. Currently, half the country is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought. (The latest national drought report shows a continued easing of conditions in Georgia. See separate story. Second link below.)
Late snowmelt will bring a threat of river flooding along the upper Mississippi. North Dakota is at the most risk of flooding from the Red River.
A cooler spring is predicted for the Pacific Northwest and northern Great Plains. Drier-than-normal conditions are on tap for the West and Gulf Coast. Hawaii is expected to be cooler and drier than usual.
The spring outlook covers April, May and June.
Link: Drought's hold on Ga. greatly diminished
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