PAST CLIMATE MAPS
As we set our sights on the upcoming planting season, we're left wondering how this past winter and cold will affect the temperatures this Spring. The upper level winds have not been favorable the past few months and we've been in a deep cold pattern. I don't see much in the way of this changing, other than the natural progression of warming due to the change of seasons from winter to spring. I'd be a little leery of rushing into planting this year, as a late freeze might be possible. Temperatures are expected to average colder than normal this month.
Precipitation has been rather streaky lately. Our region has missed out on much of the precipitation opportunity this past March. The jet stream, highway for storms, has been depressed to our south and has been slow in moving north. This has cut off moisture from the Gulf, limiting our chances for rain. As the jet stream moves north over the course of the month, it should bring us better opportunities for precipitation. Near normal precipitation is expected.
Partly sunny skies are favored to open the forecast period on Tuesday, April 1.
Clouds are expected to increase with a chance of a passing shower on Wednesday, April 2.
Partly to mostly sunny skies are favored on Thursday and Friday, April 3-4.
Prospects are fair for passing light rains from Saturday to Tuesday, April 5-8. Rainfall totals should be light with temperatures averaging cooling than normal.
A sunny and dry period with warming temperatures is favored from Wednesday to Saturday, April 9-12.
Our first real opportunity for significant rainfall is expected from Sunday to Wednesday, April 13-16. Locally heavy rainfall totals are possible.
A mix of clouds and sun is expected from Thursday to Monday, April 17-21. Shower activity is expected to be spotty with light precipitation totals. Warm temperatures will cool through this period.
Passing showers and thunderstorms are favored from Tuesday to Thursday, April 22-24. Locally heavy precipitation totals are likely.
Variable cloudiness is expected from Friday to Monday, April 25-28. Passing showers or a thunderstorm is possible with light to moderate rainfall totals.
Month-ending showers and thunderstorms are favored on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 29-30. Locally heavy rain totals are possible.