January 29, 2012
It is almost spring, and that means our spring outlook is coming out.
Most of the west will be warm and mild for February and the start of spring, while the Northeast will be cool, with some snow. California will be rather dry and warm. The Southeast will likely also be warm, but there is a chance of frequent convective storms, or thunderstorms, and severe weather.
Mid-February and into mid-March, there is likely to be an arctic outbreak for most of North America. It will likely to be brief, but the cold may remain longer in some regions.
This may mark the beginning of a pattern change. The warmth in Pacific Northwest, Prairies, and intermountain may end and turn cool or average. Most of the Northeast will change to an average or warm spring.