When residents living in a large area of the Northeast woke up to anywhere between 3 to 8 inches of snow on Friday, according to The Boston Channel, their only question seemed to be “When is it going to end?”
After a brutal winter across most of the northern third of the United States, residents are ready to finally pack up their snow shovels and ice scrapers in exchange for garden rakes and hammers.
“But when,” they ask. Unfortunately, the answer they receive may not be the one they were looking for.
According to the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center’s April weather outlook, the “when” may take a little longer than anyone had hoped for this year.
April often is often considered one of the transition months where the daily temperatures can range from near winter cold in the beginning to near summer-like warmth in the end. April can be warmer in some years, sending golfers to the courses and homeowners to their gardens much earlier than normal.
This year, it looks like late-winter daily temperatures are going to hold on for a little longer so you may want to keep those clubs bagged just a little longer and garden tools in the shed.
According to the April outlook, the residents along the upper two-thirds of the country are likely to experience a cooler-than-normal temperatures in April. This means if you live in the Northwest, the Northern Rocky Mountains, the upper Great Lakes, the Middle Atlantic States or in New England, you are going to experience a colder-than-normal April.
A dome of warmer-than-normal temperatures will stretch from Texas through New Mexico and into Oklahoma and Nebraska. Everyone else, such as residents who live in Southern California and the Southeast United States, will experience near normal conditions.
Also, the April outlook for rain follows the same pattern. Residents along the upper half of the United States who experienced a wetter-than-normal winter will experience a wetter-than-normal April, according to the Climate Prediction Center. So the Upper Ohio Valley, the Northeast and the Pacific Northwest, are likely to have a rainy April to follow a snowier than normal winter.
However, a large area that stretches from Southern California along the Mexican border through Texas, the Gulf States and Florida will experience a dryer than normal April.
Accuweather’s Gina Cherundolo said the National Weather Service’s April outlook is similar to what you expect from a La Nina pattern, when Pacific equatorial waters are cooler than normal. The La Nina weather pattern tends to shift the main jet stream farther north, dragging the moist air with it. Areas to the south tend to be dryer than normal.
The Climate Prediction Center’s April outlook is consistent with Accuweather’s spring forecast which called for cooler-than-normal temperatures and wetter-than-normal conditions across the Northern United States and the opposite across the Southern United States.