Ohio spring outlook appears near normal

6:54 PM, Mar 18, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND - The latest three month spring outlook for April through June shows both temperatures and precipitation near normal for northeast Ohio.

Temperature wise, much of the southern part of the United States is expected to be warmer than normal from southern California to Florida.

Meanwhile, the upper Midwest will see below normal temperatures through from Washington State through Wisconsin along the Canadian border.

The good news for Ohio is temperatures will range from a normal daily high of 52 degrees to start April to near 80 degrees by the end of June.

Precipitation wise, the area will also see near normal amounts of rainfall while the Upper Plains sees a wetter than normal period and the south sees much drier conditions. Drought conditions will continue across much of the southern half of the nation through at least the end of June.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the weather during the next 90 days will continue to be influenced by El Nino, or colder than normal ocean currents in the Pacific. However, the strength of the El Nino will be diminishing as the year goes along.


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