Spring has sprung! Long range

Good afternoon, Foothills Weather Nation! I hope everyone has been enjoying their weekend so far. It is gorgeous out there.


As you might have known, March 20th marked the first day of Spring and while we will still see some cooler days we know that those will trend to be less and less often. It has been a strange winter since we had all of our major events at the start of the season, but with it being such a wet winter the threat of wintry precipitation was pretty constant.


What is in store for us for spring? Will it be wetter or drier? Warmer or cooler? Let's take a look at the long range forecasts for April. For all of the Eastern US we are seeing an 50% chance of above average temperatures where the average April temperatures are between 68 degrees and 75 degrees in North Carolina. Regarding April precipitation we have a 30% chance of above average rainfall totals. Days with rainfall average between 9 and 14 for the Foothills with average precipitation totals between 3.7 inches and 5 inches.


The National Weather Service has issued their 3 month outlook for April, May, and June, covering the full spectrum of the spring yet to come.


3 Month Outlook (April, May, June) Temperature Probabilities

As shown on the map above, we can see that we are more likely to have a warmer than average spring this year with our chances of being above normal in temperatures sitting between 50 and 60 percent.


3 Month Outlook (April, May, June) Temperature Probabilities

As shown on the map above, we can see that we are more likely to have a wetter than average spring this year with our chances of being above normal in precipitation sitting around 40 percent.


Something to note from a spring that looks to be warmer and wetter is that we know to keep an extra close eye out for severe weather. Mid April is usually when things start to ramp up for us here in NC. We will be here to help keep everyone up to date and prepared for the weather ahead.


Thank you very much for reading! I hope everyone has a great rest of your weekend and start to the work week.


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