The national Climate Prediction Center’s outlook through August is forecasting normal temperatures for all of Nebraska. It also expects more rain than normal.
Al Dutcher, Nebraska’s associate state climatologist, says the weather pattern is transitioning from El Nino to La Nina.
“What they’re figuring is we will see extensive cloud cover compared to normal, which would tend to limit, somewhat, the ability of the surface to heat up,” Dutcher tells Nebraska Radio Network.
And with those clouds, comes a better chance of rain for the state.
“Generally, the Central Plains tend to be wetter than normal,” Dutcher says. “We’ve seen that pattern establish itself in mid-April. It’s been persistent through the month of May. It may likely continue into portions of June.”
Once the La Nina pattern is in place, Dutcher says we could see drier weather starting in mid-July.
“And, in fact, if you look at the CPC outlook for the months of August, September, and October, the same areas that are painted with above normal precipitation in the summer forecast, paint a drier than normal forecast for that period,” he says.