NOAA Adds Another Avenue to Forecast and Identify Drought - KMSP-TV

NOAA Adds Another Avenue to Forecast and Identify Drought

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NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) just launched a new forecast that will benefit all of us, especially those that are impacted most with dramatic changes in soil moisture and river levels. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center already produces a seasonal outlook for drought which is available every 3 months previewing the upcoming season across the country. But with the extreme drought conditions over the last couple years across much of the country, there has been pressure to get even more drought forecast information. So NOAA stepped up and is providing all of us with access to a monthly outlook. This just adds to the arsenal of products they already have like the drought monitor which you see below…

As well as the seasonal drought outlook showing the expected conditions for the next 3 months.  Combine these products with the 1 week and 2 week major event outlooks and there are more avenues for longer ranged forecasts than ever before.  But before you plan your outdoor events around these forecasts some 1, 2, or 3 months out, these forecasts are very broad based showing general patterns like "abnormally wet" or "abnormally warm" versus precise temperatures and rainfall.  They use these terms because even with today's technological advancements, it remains next to impossible to predict exact figures with any weather phenomena more than 7 days away with any consistency. 

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