POSTED: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 - 1:01pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 1:32pm
Image: NOAA CPC
With little doubt, a possible wet and cool March can be blamed by the continuing El Niño. The Climate Prediction Center has our part of the nation once again under a good chance of seeing above normal rain/snow for the month of March. This likely means the active Southern Branch of the Jetstream will visit us a few times this month. Typically this time of year we see our winter storms turn into spring wind makers. That may not be the case if El Niño has it's way. Normal precipitation amounts for the month is only on the order of .26". Meanwhile, extra storms means extra clouds, meaning we're also likely to see cooler than normal temperatures, a trend we've kept up for three months in a row. Luckily, by the middle of the month, our normal high temperatures are into the lower 70s, so warming is likely. We're just less likely to see the as many 70s and 80s as we did last March (we hit 80+ nine times in March 2009). Here is a look at the expected temperature outlook for the month:
According to NOAA: El Niño is a disruption of the ocean-atmosphere system in the Tropical Pacific having important consequences for weather and climate around the globe. It has a lot to do with sea surface and sub-surface temperatures. For more information, check out this link to NOAA.