The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has issued its extended weather forecasts. The outlook for February calls above-normal precip across the Dakotas and Minnesota, while below-normal precip is expected to continue from Kansas southward. Across the bulk of the Corn Belt, chances are equal for normal, below or above-normal precip. Below-normal temps are expected across the Northern Plains, while the four-corners region and western Texas are expected to see above-normal temps.
The CPC's outlook for February through April calls for above-normal precip to continue across the Northern Plains, but expand into eastern Iowa and the bulk of Illinois and Indiana. But below-normal precip is expected to continue across the South, including western Kansas, accompanied by above-normal temps.
As a result of the forecast and the current soil moisture profile, CPC signals in its Seasonal Drought Outlook that some improvement to the drought can be expected by April across the eastern half of Iowa, while drought is expected to persist across western Iowa and Nebraska, as well as the Central and Southern Plains. "Mostly dry weather exacerbated drought conditions in the Southwest, central Plains and western Corn Belt, and eastern Gulf and southern Atlantic Coasts," it notes of recent conditions.
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