- Dramatic flip from a mild winter to a top five coldest February on record in many locations in the western US!
- Split flow over the west, supported by moisture from the tropics, set in place strong atmospheric river flows bringing significant precipitation to many areas. With cold air in place over the west, precipitation events have helped bring the majority western US snowpacks to above average and lowered or completely removed drought conditions in many areas.
- The current colder than average temperatures are likely to remain through mid-month as will the plume of moisture into California.
- I know it is hard to believe, but regardless of how cold it has been, temperatures forecast for March through May continues the odds toward a warmer than average western US, while precipitation is forecast to be near average.