WASHINGTON Much of the southwestern United States could get above-average temperatures this September, the National Weather Service forecast Thursday.
Through November, the NWS said, there's a greater chance of above normal temperatures for the northeastern United States, the West Coast, the Southwest, and Alaska.
Below normal precipitation is likely from September through November for parts of the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Rocky Mountains, the NWS said, while above normal rain is more likely for the Gulf Coast, Florida and parts of the Central Plains.
Weak to moderate El Nino conditions are expected for the United States through the winter, although a stronger event is possible, the NWS said.
The El Nino weather pattern refers to warmer-than-normal sea temperatures in the Pacific Ocean that can lead to mild winters in the United States, as well as other global phenomena.
Here are highlights from the monthly forecast:
- Above average temperatures possible from southern and western Texas extending northwest to southeastern Oregon and southern Idaho
- Current drought in southern Texas increases the chances for above average temperatures
- Above average temperatures also indicated for the southern half of Florida and northwestern Alaska
- Increased chance of below normal precipitation for a small region in the Pacific Northwest
- Increased chance of above normal precipitation for the Florida peninsula
(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Walter Bagley)