The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has issued its extended weather forecasts. The outlook for December calls for below-normal temps across the Northern Plains and Minnesota, above-normal temps across the South and equal chances for below-, normal and above-normal temps elsewhere, including the Midwest. The forecast also calls for above-normal precip across the eastern Corn Belt, but equal chances elsewhere across the country.
The CPC's outlook for December through February calls for above-normal temps across the Southern Plains and much of the western U.S., while cooler temps are expected across the Upper Midwest and Florida. Elsewhere, the chances are equal for below-, normal and above-normal temps. Above-normal precip is expected in areas of the Southeast, with equal chances of precip expected across the Plains and Midwest.
As a result of the forecast and the current soil moisture profile, CPC signals in its Seasonal Drought Outlook that drought will likely persist in the western Corn Belt, much of the Plains and Southwest, while more drought improvement is expected in the Upper Midwest and eastern Corn Belt.
"Some improvement in long-term drought conditions is also anticipated over the northern Plains and a significant portion of the Mississippi Valley. Persistence of drought is deemed the best bet across central and southern portions of the Intermountain Region, the Rockies, and the Plains. Persistence of existing drought, or the development of new drought areas are expected in Texas," states the drought outlook.
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