NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center Offering August and Early Fall Climate Outlook

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) Looking ahead to the coming weeks, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says cooler than average temperatures are expected to show up in parts of the state through August-especially in northern South Dakota.  The outlook was released last Thursday and indicates that most of northern South Dakota is likely to see cooler than average temperatures for the month ahead.  Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist says the south central and central parts of the state have equal chances of above average, near average and below average temperatures for August.  Edwards says the predictions are consistent with the trend of a cooler than average summer that was forecast this year.  The three month period of August through October is still forecast to be cooler than average across the entire state.  Edwards says climate models are strongly tied to El Nino with some data showing cooler and wetter weather across the north central U.S. states early in the fall.

Edwards says when it comes to precipitation, the western half of the state is more likely to have a wetter than average month in August.


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