Climate Outlook for Central United States Shows La Nina Persistent into Spring

Kansas City, Mo. – The National Weather Service Central Region Climate Team notes a well-established La Nina persisting into Spring 2011 in its just-released monthly outlook for January 2011.
Eugene Hatch from NOAA’s Springfield, Mo., forecast office and Miles Schumacher from the Des Moines, Iowa, office authored the report.
La Nina impacts include a higher probability of uncommonly warm temperatures through the period for portions of southwest Kansas and the southern two-thirds of Colorado. Uncommonly cool temperatures are forecast for portions of the Northern Plains, Upper Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes region.
Above-normal precipitation is expected for portions of the Northern Plains, including most of North Dakota, the western half of South Dakota, the northwestern corner of Colorado, most of Wyoming, the eastern Great Lakes and the lower Ohio River Valley. Below-normal precipitation is forecast for most of Kansas and the southern third of Colorado.
The remainder of the 14-state Central Region will have equal chances of warmer than normal and cooler than average temperatures as well as above normal and below normal precipitation through the period.
The National Weather Service Central Region is comprised of 14 states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Contact:         Meteorologist Eugene Hatch, Weather Forecast Office Springfield, Mo.; 417-864-8535
                        Meteorologist Miles Schumacher, WFO Des Moines, Iowa; 515-270-4516
                        Climate Program Manager John Eise, Central Region HQ; 816-268-3144

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