Well, it looks like temperatures are beginning to moderate! Finally, Old Man Winter is losing his grip on the Ohio Valley. With the beginning of Spring now here, I thought it would be appropriate to look at the Spring 2013 forecast!
Much of the continental United States will see above-average temperatures this spring, according to NOAA. Here in the Ohio Valley and central Ohio, look for above-average temperatures. Precipitation is also forecast to be above-average.
Little relief is expected for the drought stricken areas of Southwest, Texas, the Great Plains, and Florida. A belt of below-average precipitation is through Texas, parts of the southwest, the southern great plains, and Florida. This could spell an increase in fire danger for these areas.
On the other hand, river flooding is expected to be worse this year than last year. The biggest flood threat will be for North Dakota. Keep in mind, however, that above-average precipitation is likely across the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes regions. This will bring an increased risk of flooding for our area, however just minor flooding is expected.
One thing that I cannot stress enough is buying a NOAA weather radio. They will warn you for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes as well as winter weather and other advisories. They can save lives!