PORTLAND-- After a wet February and March, western Oregon and southwest Washington are expected to see above-normal temperatures and below-normal rainfall from mid-April through the month of May, according to the National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration spring outlook.

NOAA is projecting moderate flood potential this spring in the Midwest, due to heavy winter snow and ice jams. The spring outlook calls for drought conditions to continue in California and the Southwest.

The above map shows the U.S. temperature outlook. Warm areas are shown in brown and cool areas in blue. The map below shows the precipitation outlook. Notice the brown, drier than normal area across the west coast.

The (EC) across most of the country means little confidence to forecast wet or dry weather. Current forecast models show Portland will see likely rain at times through the first week of April and then transition back into warmer and dry weather the mid-part of next month.

Click to read the NOAAspring outlook

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