SUMMER weather predictions have been revealed – and many states could be affected by hotter than average temperatures.
The National Weather Service released its Summer 2022 outlook, which the agency said bears a “striking resemblance” to 2011, the hottest summer on record.
July is normally the hottest month across the United States.
This year isn’t expected to be an exception, with temperatures predicted to be above normal for most of the country.
The NWS predicts that this summer will also be drier than normal.
Less rainfall is also expected, which could contribute to the warmer than normal temperatures.
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Areas that could see less rainfall include southern New England and Florida, the eastern Ohio Valley extending towards the Appalachians, southern Texas through the Desert Southwest, and parts of Alaska and Hawaii.
Other regions, however, will receive above average precipitation, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
In years past, when there has been less rainfall in May and June, temperatures have tended to be warmer on average.
The NWS compared their prediction for this summer with what happened in 2011, citing the role La Niña played.
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This year, La Niña conditions were steady through the colder season, leading to increasing deficits in precipitation, which brought on drought.
The same conditions occurred in 2011, leading to the state of Texas’ hottest summer on record.
La Niña conditions also determine the activity during hurricane season.
This year, Dr Philip Klotzbach and his team at Colorado State University are predicting 19 named storms, with nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes.
If there is more action and the season winds up above average in terms of the number of named storms, it would be the seventh consecutive such season.
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And while the NWS predicts that areas from the Front Range of the Rockies to the Plains to the East Coast are predicted to see above-normal temperatures from July through September, there is a possibility that the outlook could change.
The NWS also said that it is not predicting a record-breaking summer, despite the above average temperatures that are expected.