Most of the U.S. will probably be warmer than normal this summer, without reaching last year’s highs, as drought persists in the Great Plains, said James Aman, senior meteorologist with Earth Networks Inc.
The Southwest has the greatest probability for average temperatures climbing above normal, according to a forecast released by Aman today. He also predicts eastern New England and the Canadian Maritimes will be warmer than normal, while the Great Lakes and much of the East Coast south of Rhode Island will be seasonal.
“With above-normal temperatures for the majority of the nation, we think that energy use may be above normal, though it may not be as extreme as last summer,” Aman, who’s based in Germantown, Maryland, said by telephone.
Last summer was the third-warmest on record as temperatures averaged 74.4 degrees Fahrenheit (23.6 Celsius), or 2.3 degrees warmer than the 20th-century average, according to the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Only 2011 and 1936 had hotter summers, which meteorologists mark from June 1 to Aug. 31.
This year, the lower Great Plains from southern Nebraska to central Texas and west to Colorado will probably get less rain than normal, according to Aman. The result could be a persistence of drought in that area.
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