This year has been unusually dry so far, and the National Weather Service says it’s not clear if – or when – that trend will change.
Meteorologist Trevor LaVoie says it’s equally likely that the next few months will be wetter than usual, drier than usual, or just average.
“There’s no el niño or there’s no la niña phase that’s currently in the outlook,” LaVoie said. “So there’s no signal to say one way or the other that we’re going to be above or below average.”
LaVoie says a “ridge,” or high-pressure area, is hovering over the region, pushing the colder temperatures and precipitation farther east to the Great Lakes area.