After one of the coldest and harshest winters in over 30 years, a lot of us are ready ditch the coats and shovels and head out into the warmth of spring. However, hold on, winter may have other plans, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. When winter releases its grip slowly, there is less of a chance of flooding. That is the bright spot. Below is the flood outlook for the country and you will notice that there is NO area highlighted in a high chance for flooding.
We do however have a few moderate areas across the USA, but notice here in the Upper Midwest, we are mostly looking for minor flooding, but we will keep an eye towards the Dakotas where the spring thaw could be a bit more intense.
Now let's talk temperature. Remember, a slow melt is good for flooding risks but not so great for getting outdoors. The latest outlook is showing a good chance of temperatures being below normal. Just for the record the normal highs in March go from 34° to 49°. The light blue shaded marked "B" means below normal expected over the next 3 months.
Finally, how about precip? Well, that's up in the air for the most part. Although its mainly been to our south, the storm track is close enough to us to give us equal chances of rain and thunderstorms this spring.
Time will tell. No matter what the outlook is, I can guarantee you more sun and warmer temperatures over the next several months. It may not be as warm as you would like, but it will be warmer than this past winter. Frazier
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