After what proved to be a long, cold winter for much of the country — a “cold slap in the face,” just as we warned in the 2011 edition of the Farmers’ Almanac — spring has finally arrived. With warmer weather finally making an appearance, the mind naturally turns toward summer. Will the weather be sunny or soggy?
This summer, we’re predicting a greater-than-normal tally of locally strong thunderstorms, especially over the eastern third of the country, where some much heavier-than-normal precipitation could fall over New England and Eastern Canada. Some of this activity could be especially severe, and perhaps even lead to widespread tornado activity in the tornado belt early in June and again during mid-July. Portions of the Central and Southern Rockies and the Great Plains could also see a lot of thunderstorms.
As June turns to July, the weather will become hotter in most regions. We expect to see a spell of widespread extreme heat and humidity for the latter days of summer, predominantly during late August. About two-thirds of the country will experience above-normal summer temperatures, with an unusually large region of much above-normal temperatures for the Southern and Eastern States.
Along the west coast and into the Northern Rockies, conditions will be calmer, with average precipitation and more seasonal temperatures. Only the Pacific Northwest will experience cooler than normal temperatures for much of the season.
In Canada, conditions will be much the same, with stormy weather from the eastern provinces to the prairies, coupled with unusually high temperatures over much of the country.
Hurricane season officially begins on June 1, and we’re calling for an active season for tropical disturbances, with threats raging from the Gulf of Mexico all the way up to the Canadian Maritimes. Look for our official hurricane forecast during Memorial Day week.
To see more detailed predictions, be sure to check our Long Range Forecast for your region.