Happy TGIF folks! :)
The weekend outlook is stormy for many of us with the nation overall having the wettest end to April - beginning of May in over 25 years. The severe weather threat is again pretty high in the Texas - Oklahoma to Mississippi areas today with that shifting into East Texas to Southern Illinois Saturday. The severe weather threat diminishes a bit Sunday with more general thunderstorms in the East.
The worst weather pick this weekend is clearly Colorado with high temperatures trending the coldest in over 25 years (30s), wettest/snowiest in 17 years. The Northeast is the coolest in 8 years and 2nd wettest in 25+ years so enjoy Saturday as it's all downhill from there. The Southeast is the probably the best weather pick with temperatures the warmest in 4 years but wettest in 6 for part of the region.
See our facebook fan page for a graphical view of the U.S./Canada outlook.
April will end up cooler than last year for the U.S. overall but still +0.9F warmer than average. Despite the heavy rainfall in the Central U.S. Plains it was the driest in 4 years but still 10% above average for the U.S. as a whole. Snowfall was the most in 3 years - mainly in the Rockies but even the Northeast had the early April snow storm. Arguably the Northeast had the worst April weather trending the coldest in 9 years and snowiest in 9 years. The other corner of the Country (Pacific Northwest) can argue the best weather in the month trending warmest in 25+ years and well below average rainfall.
We hope you have a great weekend folks! - Capt Kirk out.