Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Outlook for the Rest of February: Drier and Warmer Than Normal

Now that the weather pattern has shifted well off to our north, we have been able to bask in some February sunshine and warmer than normal temperatures.

It has also been much drier around these parts lately, now that the storm track has shifted to the northern third of the country.

This is the weather pattern we had for most of the fall, which led to the severe to extreme drought across the Piney Woods.

The Climate Prediction Center's outlook through the end of February calls for warmer than normal conditions for most of the Southeast United States, including us here in East Texas.

This will be due in large part to a ridge of high pressure situated over the area, which will prevent any major Arctic outbreaks from making it this far south.

At the same time, the Climate Prediciton Center's outlook keeps us drier than normal for the rest of the month.

In the meantime, wetter than normal conditions will be seen in the northern half of the country, stretching from Washington to the Great Lakes and to the Atlantic seaboard.