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Forecasters predict warmer, drier spring & summer ahead

Des Moines, IA – New climate outlooks being issued show a warm and dry trend for Iowa and for much of the country this spring and well into summer. Climatologist Pat Guinan, who moderated the monthly North Central Region climate update for the National Weather Service, says the warming pattern will start in April.

Guinan says the next 90 days shows warm conditions spreading.

The latest map from the U-S Drought Monitor shows much of northern and western Iowa is abnormally dry, with some areas ranging from moderate to severe to extreme drought. As the La Nina pattern fades, Guinan says the summer forecast indicates continued warm, dry weather.

In the short term, Guinan says the expectation is for moderate to heavy rain much of this week across Iowa and into the central U-S.

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