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WeatherBug: Summer 2013 Looks To Be Repeat of 2012

April 5, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, James West

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Summer 2013 is going to be a hot one across large stretches of the U.S., says a team of WeatherBug forecasters releasing their summer outlook April 5.

The forecast, released April 5, indicates a distinct threat for above-normal temperatures across the Mid-South westward across the Great Plains into West Texas, the central and southern Rockies and Southwest. New England could also see the hotter than normal temperatures this summer.

Cities that could feel the above-normal effects include Boston and high population areas of coastal New England, St. Louis, Memphis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Dallas and Denver.

The high heat will not help the ongoing, severe drought hitting the western High Plains, Four Corners, Desert Southwest and southern Great Basin. This will likely increase wildfire risk and effect farmers and ranchers for a second straight year.

"Last year, the mercury soared -- making 2012 the third-hottest summer on record in continental U.S., says WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James Aman. "After examining all available data, we expect to see a summer that is somewhat similar to 2012. But one of the biggest stories weather-wise we will be watching is the drought across Texas and portions of the surrounding states. When you factor in extreme weather, including severe storms with lightning and tornadoes that are already making their appearance across the country, we will likely be in for an interesting season."

The only places expected to see cooler than normal temperatures will be the coastal areas of Oregon and western Washington. Everywhere else will see near normal temperatures and precipitation.

This forecast is based on a careful analysis by the team of climate and environmental factors like La Nina and El Nino patterns, climate and sea surface temperatures and long-range models.

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