Summer Forecast – Climate Prediction CenterMay 18th, 2014 at 8:30 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
This is the Summer Temperature Forecast (June/July/August) from the Storm Prediction Center. They are forecasting a continuation of the pattern that we have had most of this year, with higher probabilities of cooler than average temperatures across the Northern Plains to the Great Lakes and higher probabilities of above average temperatures on the three coasts and in the Southern Plains. I’m on board with this basic pattern. Now, this does not mean a “cold summer”. It means that overall, we may be a degree or two cooler than average. So, if the average high temperature for Grand Rapids in mid-July is 83°, then we might average 81° or 82°. We’ll still have at least a few days that hit 90° and we’ll have a lot of comfortably warm days. With a greater contrast of temperatures north to south – we should see some decent thunderstorm activity – which may center just south of Michigan across IL – IN – OH – maybe down into KY. We’ll get some thunderstorms days here. I think most people should enjoy the bulk of this coming summer.