Temperature, Precipitation, and Drought Outlooks - Interactive Map

Climate Prediction Center Outlooks

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General

Climate outlooks describe the chances that conditions will be below-normal, near-normal, or above-normal for the outlook period indicated. The Climate Prediction Center's Online GIS Interface displays temperature and precipitation outlooks for 6-10 Days, 8-14 Days, and long-lead outlooks. The interface also provides access to prognostic discussions for each outlook product and access to downloadable shapefiles.

Where do these data come from?

Climate scientists base future climate outlooks on current patterns in the ocean and atmosphere. They examine projections from climate and weather models and consider recent trends. They also check historical records to see how much precipitation fell when patterns were similar in the past.