Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

NOAA Climate Prediction Center: Outlook for June and summer

The latest outlook for June and beyond is now available from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.  The outlook for June shows an increased chance of above-normal temperatures but no skill at forecasting precipitation (which is pretty typical for the summer months, since they are dominated by local effects like air mass thunderstorms and El Niño doesn’t really play a role in summer climate patterns).  The June through August summer period shows similar statistics for the Southeast as the June stats.  The seasonal drought outlook is cautiously optimistic that some areas of drought will be removed or reduced, especially in Florida once the wet season begins and in northern Georgia.  In south Georgia, drought is expected to persist over the summer. You can see the full suite of outlook maps at http://www.cpc.noaa.gov/products/predictions/multi_season/13_seasonal_outlooks/color/churchill.php.