Happy Monday! :)
Can you believe it's already the last week of March? Warp Speed indeed. After a warm Sunday in the East, the week is now starting off a bit cooler but another big warm up in the Midwest midweek, East Coast late week into the weekend. CLICK ON IMAGES FOR A LARGER VIEW.
THIS WEEK (25-31 March) trends warmer than last year and 14th warmest of the past 30 years for the U.S. overall. Rainfall is again heaviest from California into the Midwest and interior Northeast with the U.S. overall trending driest in 4 years, 12th driest in 30 years. Snowfall is the least in 7 years.
NEXT WEEK (1-7 APRIL) looks to again trend warmer than last year but 13th coolest in 30 years. Much of the cooler trends are limited to the South Central and Southeast states while much of the rest of the country trends warmer than average. Rainfall again looks heavy with the 2nd wettest conditions in 30 years but least snowfall in 7 years for the U.S. overall.
Year-t0-date precipitation across the world shows the U.S. is one of the wet spots trending wettest in 21 years. The Middle East is another wet spot trending wettest in 8 years, India wettest in 4 years but Canada is the driest in 9 years and Mexico the driest in 8 years for the countries as a whole.
Zooming into the U.S. we see 16-20" rainfall totals YTD in the Tennessee Valley but over 25" in parts of Northern California. Kind of ironic that California is so wet with Hawaii on the dry side. Notice the precipitation totals in the Plains really aren't that excessive with 2-5" totals (above average for the region) but the river flooding is due more to snow melt, frozen ground and ice jams. This will continue to expand down the major rivers of Missouri and Mississippi in the weeks ahead.
With the wet U.S. conditions, drought is nonexistent with only 19% of the U.S. in dry to drought conditions. This is the least in decades. Last year 50% had dry or drought conditions and an average year is about 47% for late March.
Soil Moisture looks to remain high in the Midwest with a series of cold fronts over the next 14 days. There is a surge of 50F soil temperatures into the Midwest and Northeast going into early April so that will get grass and vegetation growing.
Took the troops to the local aquarium since the little one likes her Daddy Shark....Baby Shark song. Not sure how much she likes sharks after seeing them live!
While we're only 5 days into Spring, those of you counting down to Summer only have 88 days to go!
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- Captain Kirk out.