Drought Outlook for the United States
In the February 2019 Climate Prediction Center update, it was determined that weak El Niño conditions are present and are expected to continue through the Northern Hemisphere spring 2019 (~55% chance). El Niño conditions formed during January 2019 and the weekly Niño indices remained above average during the month. Due to the expected weak strength, widespread or significant global impacts are not anticipated. However, the impacts often associated with El Niño may occur in some locations during the next few months. To read more, click here.
In the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook update covering February through May, existing drought conditions are expected to persist in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Drought development is predicted to occur in portions of Puerto Rico as well. It is projected that the rest of the area previously under drought will either improve or drought conditions in the area will be alleviated entirely. Seasonal Drought Outlook map, click here.
The links below will direct you to information on El Niño, ENSO, the NOAA seasonal drought outlook, and other forecasts and models.
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