The National Weather Service is predicting that above average temperatures will to continue for the next 90 days across the Dakotas, says Dennis Todey, SDSU state climatologist.
These outlooks are based on probabilities and not guarantees, he notes.
"The most likely probability is to be warmer than average over South Dakota and the whole Corn Belt,"Todey says."Given recent dry conditions over South Dakota and much of the Midwest/Plains this is not a surprise. With a ridge of high pressure influencing the area and dry surface conditions, warmer temperatures would be expected."
In the 30-day outlook there is a better chance for lower than normal precipitation over much of southeastern South Dakota and into a chunk of the Corn Belt, he says.
"This dryness is not reflected in the 90-day outlook. This has partially to do with the changeover into September where more fall-like conditions can take over. The conditions we have now seem likely to continue throughout much of the summer."
To learn more about the most recent long-rang weather forecast, see http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/Source: SDSU