Long-range weather outlook favors cold

If you are hoping for an early spring it might be best to not hope for too much. That’s the consensus drawn from the latest long-range weather forecast offered by the Climate Prediction Center.

According to the latest analysis of the CPC, issued Thursday, the three-month temperature outlook for western North Dakota, including Minot, is for an elevated chance of below normal temperatures for the period March through May. The eastern half of the state is expected to experience temperatures typical for the season during the same period.

Noteworthy is the issuance of the 30-day outlook covering the month of March. That forecast calls for a greater than normal chance of below normal temperatures for all of North Dakota.

Precipitation during March is forecast to be somewhat above normal over the western third of the state with expansion to the entire state for April and May. Normal March precipitation in Minot is a mere .84 inches and April 1.14 inches. Therefore, a forecast calling for an increase in precipitation may not amount to much at all.

February is expected to continue to be colder than normal for Minot. Early indications are that temperatures in March will also run several degrees below normal. Normal temperature highs for March range from 30 degrees on March 1 to 46 degrees at the end of the month.