Given the recent performances, we are wary of putting much stake in any seasonal outlook, but as a public service on a gray day we offer a somewhat positive forecast, or at least a cooler one.
The summer of 2013 won't be as punishing as the previous three, according to the outlook released this morning by Weather Services Inc., a forecasting service in Massachusetts.
With generous spring rains expected from the Plains eastward, drought conditions should be pushed westward, according to WSI meteorologist Todd Crawford.
Drought is closely correlated with ground-baking heat that is self-perpetuating. Heat in the West, in turn, makes cooling in the East more likely.