NOAA'S UPDATED SUMMER FORECASTSTILL HOT
July 14, 2000 Georgia is receiving
some much-needed rain, but it won't be nearly enough to make
up a significant rainfall deficit. The forecast for the coming
summer months continues to call for hotter, drier conditions
in many parts of the United States, according to the newest seasonal
outlook from NOAA's National
Increased tropical storm activity late this summer (a result of the continuing La Niña) is expected to bring some relief for the eastern part of the drought area.
Drought conditions have improved in the central part of the United States, but some parts of Nebraska, southwestern Iowa and northwestern Kansas continue to experience drought.
In contrast, increased monsoon conditions should make the Southwest wetter than normal this summer.
June was drier and warmer than normal in the Southeast and Southwest, but cooler than normal in the north central part of the United States and the Great Plains. The outlook continues to call for warmer-than-normal temperatures in the Southeast, the Southwest and the upper Midwest.
"We have been lucky that we have not yet experienced a major, widespread heat event, but people should continue to watch the National Weather Service's official forecasts, which could signal potential heat wave conditions," said David Unger, a meteorologist with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. San Francisco had a well-predicted hot episode in June that claimed 22 lives, and a recent heat spell in the South has been blamed for four deaths in Houston and one in South Carolina.
"Our National Weather Service forecast offices work with local officials to identify evolving heat waves early," said Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jack Kelly, director of the NOAA's National Weather Service. "By being prepared with emergency heat response plans, communities can educate citizens about the dangers of prolonged exposure to high temperatures and humidity and reduce heat-related injuries and deaths."
NOAA's seasonal outlook is available
on the Web at it Climate Prediction Center