Government forecasters say much of the United States can expect a warm spring and persistent drought.
The National Weather Service said Thursday above-normal temperatures
are predicted across most of the Lower 48 states and northern Alaska.
The forecast also calls for little relief for the
drought-stricken Midwest and Southwest. Currently, half the country is
experiencing moderate to exceptional drought.
snowmelt will bring a threat of river flooding along the upper
Mississippi. North Dakota is at the most risk of flooding from the Red
A cooler spring is predicted for the Pacific Northwest and northern
Great Plains. Drier-than-normal conditions are on tap for the West and
Gulf Coast. Hawaii is expected to be cooler and drier than usual.
The spring outlook covers April, May and June.