Spring 2018 Predictions: Chances of Drought, High Temperatures and Flooding
With each new season, NOAA releases a climate outlook covering the likelihood of flooding and drought, as well as the likely temperature fluctuations to come over the months leading to summer.
This year, heavy rains have caused flooding in the Ohio and Mississippi River basin.
Even in other areas of the country where there is a minor chance of flooding, heavy rainfall or thunderstorms could increase likelihood.
For example, storms in much of the Southeast are already in the forecast for the last week in March.
The outlook map indicates areas where the chance of flooding is a 50 percent risk or higher.
Areas of red show where moderate flooding is expected and the yellow/orange colors show where the risk of flooding is minor for spring 2018, according to NOAA.
The high plains and some areas of the Southeast are also at risk of seeing drought conditions as the spring continues on.
In many of those areas where drought is more likely, precipitation is also expected to be low.
Below-average levels of precipitation are expected to occur from California across the country through the low plains including much of Texas and parts of Oklahoma, according to NOAA.
Though many parts of the Northeast have gotten several winter storms in the last month or so, the latest falling on the first full day of spring, the area should still expect a spring with temperatures above average.