Spring is likely to be warmer than normal across most of the US, NOAA says

By Allison Chinchar and Judson Jones, CNN meteorologists

Updated 5:08 PM ET, Thu March 19, 2020

(CNN) – The US is expected to stay warmer than average through the spring with widespread flooding, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. 2020 started with the hottest January on record globally, followed by the second warmest February on record. The next three months are likely to continue this temperature trend. In the US, temperatures this spring are expected to be above average from coast to coast. “No part of the country is favored to experience below-average temperatures this spring,” said NOAA.The highest chances of warmer temperatures are in northern Alaska, across the central Great Basin southward into the Gulf states, and into the Southeast and portions of the Mid-Atlantic.

For example, Florida will see a continuation of the trend they held all winterMiami had its fourth-warmest winter on record with an average temperature of 72.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Naples had it’s second-warmest winter on record with an average temperature of 71.1 degrees Fahrenheit.

NOAA forecasters predict widespread flooding this spring

NOAA forecasters are calling for widespread flooding, with major to moderate flooding likely in 23 states from the northern Plains down to the Gulf Coast. But do not expect the floods to be as severe or last as long as the historic floods experienced last year, NOAA said.”Nearly every day, dangerous flooding occurs somewhere in the United States and widespread flooding is in the forecast for many states in the months ahead,” said Ed Clark, director of NOAA’s National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “The greatest risk for major and moderate flood conditions includes the upper and middle Mississippi River basins, the Missouri River basin and the Red River of the north,” NOAA said. Already saturated ground is likely to lead to a high level of flooding across much of the central US. Get the latest weather news from around the world >>>“Any heavy local rainfall could trigger flooding in these high-risk areas,” NOAA said.Above-average precipitation is likely from the northern Plains southward through the lower Mississippi Valley across to the East Coast.This means more rain is expected for two regions that do not need any more: the Ohio River Valley and the Southeast.Atlanta, for example, had its fifth-wettest winter on record with more than 23 inches. A large chunk of that rain came just last month when the city had its second-wettest February with more than 10 inches.