The latest outlook maps for May 2022 and May through July 2022 were released today by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. They show that for May, the southern part of our region is the most likely to be warmer than normal, while much of the region could be wetter than normal. For the early summer months of May through July, most of the country, especially the western US, is likely to be hotter than normal, while rainfall does not show much tendency in the Southeast. This is likely due to the uncertainty around where any tropical systems end up going along with the thunderstorm rains that are very hit or miss across most of the region in summer. Most of the areas of drought are likely to go away, although CPC expects the drought in eastern North Carolina to continue but to improve.

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