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The Climate Prediction Center three-month outlook suggests colder than normal temperatures for North Dakota

Below normal temps forecast

The Climate Prediction Center released its latest three-month weather outlook Thursday. It looks very much like weather as usual for North Dakota without any strong indication of warmer or colder than usual temperatures for the period March through May.

The CPC temperature outlook does lean toward “increased chances for below normal temperatures across the northern Great Plains.” However, adds the CPC, the trends that favor below normal temperatures “are likely to reverse later in the first three months.” The trends are considered weak indicators. No prolonged outbreak of severely cold weather is anticipated.

Chances of precipitation are also included in the three-month outlooks. The latest outlook concludes that the northern Plains is “favored to remain wetter than normal.”

The Climatic normals are based on conditions between 1981 and 2010. A new set of outlooks will be issued in late March.

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