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Long-range forecast for summer vacation season

Actors do their parts in the late summer Wilhelm Tell Festival, in the Swiss-American town of New Glarus, Wis. The Schneider Electric long-range forecast for north central states calls for seasonable temperatures; a little more humid than usual, and a trend toward wetness in late summer.
Actors do their parts in the late summer Wilhelm Tell Festival, in the Swiss-American town of New Glarus, Wis. The Schneider Electric long-range forecast for north central states calls for seasonable temperatures; a little more humid than usual, and a trend toward wetness in late summer. TMS file photo

OK, so you want to plan your vacation now – maybe months ahead of time – to get the best rates and early-bird discounts. But what will the weather be like?

Schneider Electric is an energy technology firm, and one aspect of it is gathering and interpreting weather data.

Jeff Johnson, Schneider Electric’s chief science offer, focuses on on long-range and seasonal weather – and his summer 2015 forecast is now out.

Here are some highlights:

Overall

“El Nino will gather strength this summer; warmth will persist in the west, with more moderate temperatures elsewhere.” There will be “early summer wetness from the Rockies eastward; dryness will develop mid- to late-summer for the Gulf States.”

Forecasts, by region

Southeast: “Moderate temperatures early; hotter late in the season. Heavy rains early; dryness for mid- to late summer. Tropical rain risks for the Gulf and Southeast coast.”

Northeast: “Seasonably mild; hot spells will be relieved. Adequate early rains, with dryness developing through summer.”

North central: “Seasonable temperatures; a little more humid than usual. Low risk for extended heat. Lighter rains early to mid-summer; wetter trends in late summer.” Also: less widespread severe weather.

Northwest: “Warm to hot, with periods of prolonged heat; seasonable in the Rockies. Lighter rain in coastal states; enhanced summer rains in the Rockies; more late-season rains for interior states.”

South central: “Seasonable early; hotter in late summer and extended heat later. Heavier rains early; dryness returns mid- to late summer. Tropical risks for the Gulf Coast.”

Southwest: “Warmth continues with periods of high heat. Rain will temper warmth in the Rockies; drier for the West coast. Enhanced rainfall in the southern Rockies; monsoon rains by late season in the deserts.”

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