March has now gone and we are now earnestly in spring. We ended March on a rainy and stormy not but warmer than average. As we get deeper into the heart of spring, what can we take meteorologically speaking from March and apply to April. Atmospheric patterns were set up for March such that we were warmer than normal and that pattern may very well look to continue into the month of April.
The Climate Prediction Center has issued its outlook for the month of April for the United States. For California and much of the northwestern U.S. temps may be on the average side. As you head towards the east coast, the Gulf coast and the southern states, it could be another warm month. The outlook calls for a 40 to 50 percent chance of above average temperatures.
Eastern North Carolina is also included in the assessment of a 40 percent chance of above average temperatures. Average for the month of April for the east is 73 degrees. The past few months, we’ve been averaging about 5 to 8 degrees above average. So we could possibly see temperatures approaching the 80 degree mark often this month IF this trend continues.
Temperatures aren’t the only thing assessed as we look for a guage of our weather for the month of April. We also want to look at what we can expect rain or precipitation-wise across the nation. The usually rainy and dreary Pacific Northwest may see some dry days this month. Indications are that they could be abnormally dry for the month of April. Some areas across the country are in drought and could use the rain, while some could use a break. The Gulf coast states could use a break but unfortunately it may be a wetter than average April. Eastern North Carolina’s outlook is to see average rainfall for the month. Average rainfall for the month of April for ENC is around 3 inches.
Of course, this is just an outlook, weather patterns are erratic and change frequently, thus this is a guide and not to be taken as a forecast.