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U.S. Hazards Outlook - Made May 26, 2017

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Day 3-7 Outlook Day 8-14 Outlook Day 8-14 Probabilistic Temperature Hazards

Valid Monday, May 29, 2017 to Friday, June 09, 2017

Summary of Forecasts and Hazards

US Hazards Outlook
NWS Climate Prediction Center College Park MD
300 PM EDT May 26 2017

Synopsis: A cold front is forecast to reach the Gulf Coast region and then stall during the 3-7 day period. Another cold front is expected to follow on its heels, and to reinforce the first front. This general boundary is predicted to be the primary focus for showers and thunderstorms for during the 3-7 day period. A mid-level ridge of high pressure over the Pacific Northwest early in the Outlook period is forecast to shift eastward into the northern Great Plains region by the middle of the period, accompanied by relatively warm surface temperatures. In Alaska, a relatively quiet weather pattern is anticipated during the 3-7 day period. A low pressure system over the central Gulf of Alaska is forecast to track towards the Aleutians, reaching the archipelago by the middle of the Outlook period.

  • Heavy rain for portions of Texas, Mon-Tue, May 29-30.
  • Heavy rain from west-central Texas to southwestern Missouri, Wed-Thu, May 31-Jun 1.
  • Much above-normal temperatures for parts of northern California and the Pacific Northwest, Mon-Tue, May 29-30.
  • Flooding occurring, imminent, likely or possible for parts of the Mississippi Valley, the northern and central Intermountain region, and the northern Rockies.
  • Severe Drought across parts of the Southeast, Texas, and southern California.
Detailed Summary

For Monday May 29 - Friday June 02: Reinforcing cold fronts draped across the Gulf Coast states are expected to bring showers and thunderstorms to portions of the southern Plains, Lower and Middle Mississippi Valley, Tennessee Valley, and the Southeast. However, only two areas of hazardous, heavy rainfall are anticipated. The first predicted area of heavy rainfall is in the southwestern portion of Texas, where amounts of 1-3 inches are generally expected, but locally up to 6 inches near Del Rio, on May 29-30. The second predicted area of heavy rainfall extends from west-central Texas to southwestern Missouri (1-3 inches, May 31-Jun 1).

A mid-level ridge over the Pacific Northwest and northern California is expected to contribute to well above-normal temperatures across parts of the region. The highlighted region on the map defines where maximum temperatures are forecast to range from 12-20 degrees F above normal, and warm to 90-95 degrees F, on May 29-30. These hot temperatures are likely to result in rapid snow melt, leading to increased runoff and flows along rivers and streams throughout the Pacific Northwest and northern Great Basin.

Rainfall, prior to this period, coupled with saturated soils may result in a renewal of flooding across parts of the Mississippi River Valley. The lower portion of the Mississippi River Valley is forecast to crest early next week, but heavy rainfall forecast during the next week could prolong flooding. Please note that these flood shapes may change fairly frequently; therefore, for the very latest graphics, we recommend consulting the River Forecast Center (RFC) website at:

Late in this period, a brief downslope event is anticipated across eastern Montana, which is expected to result in daytime temperatures at, or slightly above, 85 degrees F on Jun 1-2.

For Saturday June 03 - Friday June 09: Today's dynamical models generally predict a de-amplified ridge, with more westerly flow, over the Pacific Northwest, which would tend to reduce the magnitude of positive temperature anomalies anticipated over the region. They also forecast a weak, undercutting trough over the central Basin, and a full-latitude trough over eastern North America.

Uncertainty between model solutions precludes the designation of a heavy precipitation area over portions of the Lower 48 states during Week-2.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released on May 25th shows D2-D4 drought coverage over the CONUS now at 1.22%, a slight decrease from 1.38% one week ago. The only areas of the country that have D2 (or worse) conditions include parts of the Southeast, the southern tip of Texas, and extreme southeastern California.

Forecaster: Anthony Artusa


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