Kansas City, Mo. – Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 –NOAA forecasters said much of the United States could see warmer than average temperatures and mostly clear skies through the coming weekend and the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Today is expected to be the quietest portion of the weekend with no severe weather and high pressure entrenched for the time being over North Dakota to Oklahoma keeping rain and snow mostly confined to the western part of the country.
Rain and thunderstorms are forecast today for southern Texas, eastern and southern Florida. Rain is expected along the northern Carolina coast to southeast Georgia. Rain is expected along the Pacific from coastal Washington to the northern Baja Peninsula.
The only hazards present in the middle of the country today included patchy dense and freezing fog this morning in western Wyoming. The rest of Middle America should see plenty of sunshine today with high temperatures ranging from the upper 30s along the Canadian border to the 50s and low 60s in the Central plains. Mild and above-average temperatures should prevail well into next week.
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center released its latest U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook on Thursday, showing persistent drought entrenched over a large area in the central and western parts of the country. The report notes:
The Four Corners region, northern Great Plains, the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys, the Tennessee Valley, parts of the central Gulf region and the Northeast all received moderate amounts of precipitation (0.5 to 2 inches), which helped ease drought conditions in some areas. In the West, abundant precipitation is predicted across northern and central California in the next few weeks, likely continuing the process of easing the drought. In the Pacific Northwest, the most significant precipitation is expected over the coastal ranges and Cascades, areas which are not currently in drought. 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. CPC's December 2012 and December-February 2012/13 precipitation outlooks show a tilt in the odds towards above-median precipitation across portions of the interior Southeast, the Tennessee Valley, parts of the Ohio Valley, and south-central portions of the Mississippi Valley. In the short-term (next 5-days), an upper-level trough is expected to bring light to moderate precipitation (up to 2 inches) to portions of the southern Atlantic Coast region.
See the outlook and national drought map and the seasonal drought outlook discussion on the web at http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/seasonal_drought.html.
The next outlook will be issued Dec. 6.
NOAA precipitation forecasts for the coming five days may be found on the web site at http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/qpf2.shtml.
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