NOAA Sees Above-Normal Temps Across US

NEW YORK (Dow Jones Newswires), June 16, 2010

Above-normal temperatures are expected in a wide swath of the U.S. from the entire east coast to the deep south and across the Gulf Coast to the desert southwest in July through September, government forecasters said Thursday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said below-normal temperatures are expected in a small central region around Iowa and Missouri. Above-normal temperatures also are expected in Alaska throughout the period.

In July, above-normal temperatures are expected in the southwest through the Gulf to the southeast, while below-normal temperatures are expected in the nation's mid-section and in the Pacific northwest.

NOAA said the forecast for below-normal temperatures in the central Plains states is based on soil moisture conditions.

NOAA said the forecasts are influenced by rapidly changing sea-surface temperatures near the equator, which can have broad impacts. El Nino conditions, the name given to unusual warming of the temperatures of the equatorial Pacific Ocean, have turned neutral this month and NOAA said there is a 70% chance that La Nina conditions, or the unusual cooling of these waters, will develop by winter, and possibly as early as late summer.

El Nino conditions helped suppress Atlantic hurricane activity last year, making for one of the mildest seasons in recent years. NOAA and other forecasters are calling for an exceptionally active hurricane season this year, in part due to El Nino's absence.

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