Climate Prediction Center issues its outlook for March and spring

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Last week, the Climate Prediction Center released its outlook for March as well as spring (March, April, and May).

For March, a good share of the country, but focused on the southeastern United States, has higher-than-even chances of the monthly temperature being below normal. Iowa is on the edge of that, suggesting there is not a strong signal for temperatures. The precipitation outlook in the Midwest favors a drier month compared to average.

For spring, most of the country leans toward warmer-than-normal. Parts of the Plains and Midwest, including Iowa, are just outside that zone. Here, there are equal chances of temperatures being near, below, or above normal – again, no strong signal in any direction. The precipitation outlook leans toward wetter than average.