Cooler States: Out of the entire continental U.S., the coastal areas of Oregon and western Washington state are the only areas of the nation expected to see below-normal temperatures this summer, continuing a trend from the past few years due to sustained cooler-than-normal water in the eastern Pacific Ocean near the northwestern U.S.
On-Track for Normal Temps: Florida’s Gulf Coast and the southeast coast of the U.S. from North Carolina down to Florida will see average temperatures. The states surrounding the Great Lakes indicate normal temperatures for June through August. Large coastal cities, including New York, are also on-track for typical summer conditions. Across the country, Los Angeles is expected to see near-normal temperatures this summer.
"Last year, the mercury soared – making 2012 the third-hottest summer on record in the continental U.S., says Senior Meteorologist James Aman of the WeatherBug Meteorology team at Earth Networks. "After examining all available data, we expect to see a summer that is somewhat similar to 2012. But one of the biggest stories weather-wise we will be watching is the drought across Texas into the Southern Rockies. When you factor in extreme weather, including severe storms with lightning and tornadoes that are already making their appearance across the country, we will likely be in for an interesting season."