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April 2014 outlook issued

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The cold temperatures from March will likely continue into at least April.
The latest observations from February show that neutral conditions continue across much of the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Beyond that, the models indicate that there is a rising probability for the development of El Niño conditions during the summer of 2014.

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The slideshow on the top of the page has the model forecasts.

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) says that “there is strong support for continuation of the temperature pattern that resembles what we have seen all winter i.e. warmth in the southwest and cold in the northern plains and northeast.”

The Climate Prediction Center forecast for the Great Lakes is for the cooler than average temperatures to continue into April and for the April to June outlooks.

At this point there are no clear climate signals relating to precipitation for the month of April or for the longer range of April - June so the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) forecast is for an equal chance of above, below, and near normal precipitation.

The slideshow on the top of the page has the official forecast maps.

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