NOAA’s Official May Outlook For The USA:

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Current snowcover in the United States. Image: WSI

NOAA’s official outlook for May follows the trend of this season so far. If you’re looking for cold & wet conditions, you’re going to have to head northwest. Things are looking more like spring in California, as warmer temperatures are expected to impact the area.

NOAA’s Official Temperature Outlook For May. Image: NOAA

NOAA’s Official May Outlook:

Colors on the map show experts’ level of confidence in their forecasts for above or below median precipitation totals. Each location on the map has some chance to receive precipitation that ranks in the bottom, middle, or top third of records from the previous three decades. White areas have equal chances for each condition. Colors show where the odds for one of the three conditions are higher than for the other two.

A common mistake is to interpret these maps as predictions of precipitation amounts. However, dark green areas are not predicted to receive more precipitation than light green areas. The dark green areas simply have a higher likelihood of receiving above median amounts of rain than the light green areas do. Similarly, dark brown areas are not predicted to receive less rain than light brown areas.

Keep in mind that outlooks show the most likely condition for each region, not the only possible outcome.

NOAA’s Official Precipitation Outlook For May. Image: NOAA

Where Will It Be Good?

  • Montana
  • North Dakota

Where Will It Be A 50/50 Shot?

  • Washington
  • Alaska
  • Oregon
  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • East Coast

Where Will It Be Bad?

  • California
  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • California

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