The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has released the temperature and precipitation outlooks for March. Nebraska remains in the area of equal chances for above or below normal temperature and precipitation. This is similar to the pattern that we have been in for the past couple weeks. Cool temperatures in Eastern Nebraska and warmer temperatures in Western Nebraska. We have been the dividing line for extremely cold temperatures and warm temperatures, and this outlook seems to show that this pattern may continue for a while. Although, that steep temperature gradient could shift east or west. A shift in the jet stream could move Nebraska into the warm sector or deeper into the cold sector. My guess is that we will remain in that transition zone and continue to have these temperature gradients from the Northeast to the Southwest NE with periodic episodes of warm and cool temperature swings. The precipitation pattern is up in the air at this point. We could easily get stuck in the track of numerous storms which will continue to traverse the trough over the Eastern U.S, but that is too difficult to predict this far out.
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