The Weather Channel’s “Summer” Forecast
I say “summer” as about half the video discusses the outlook for May, not commonly thought of as a summer month (unless you’re in the southern tier of states, where average highs can be well into the 80s in May).
TWC is predicting well above normal temps for the drought-plagued high plains and West; the East and South will be warmer than normal as well. The only region of the country forecast to have below normal summer time temps is the Great Lakes. Storm Specialist Dr. Greg Postel said that while summer 2013 won’t be as hot as 2012, it will still exacerbate drought conditions in the West.
Neither Postel or Meteorologist Maria LaRosa mention the negative effect that a long, hotter than normal summer will have on fire conditions in the West.