Looking ahead to the September outlook, the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 50-60% chance of experiencing above-normal temperatures. Both of the north corners look like being above average for sure, as does the west coast and Alaska.
Equal chances for above normal, normal, and below-normal precipitation for the month. The PNW looks most likely to remain the driest, whereas South-West Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, northern Alaska and the East Coast looks like they’ll get their fair share of precipitation.
What does all this mean for drought across the nation? Drought will persist in the PNW, and could even worsen. Southern Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico should all see drought conditions begin to improve.