NOAA issues summer weather outlook

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. Now that it's behind us, what sort of weather can we reasonably expect to see this season? NOAA recently issued its June/July/August outlook. Here are some highlights.

NOAA forecasters are expecting warmer-than-average temperatures across most of the U.S. this summer. The only area forecasted for normal summer temperatures are in South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

For precipitation, NOAA anticipates normal amounts across much of the U.S., but says New England and the western Corn Belt are the two geographies most likely to see a wetter-than-average summer.

NOAA also released its seasonal drought outlook, valid through the end of August. Drought is expected to persist in areas of the Southwest and California. Drought development is most likely in Pennsylvania, northern Minnesota and western North Dakota, and a large area of the Pacific Northwest.