NOAA to announce U.S. Spring Outlook on March 21st

Photo showing a rainbow over the Valles Grande in New Mexico on August 14, 2015. Photo courtesy of Stephen Lee - Submitted to Weather in Focus Photo Contest.

Rainbow over the Valles Grande in New Mexico.  (Image credit: NOAA)

On March 21st, NOAA will announce the U.S. Spring Outlook, including predictions for temperature, precipitation, drought and flood risk across the country. Reporters are invited to participate in a virtual news conference followed by a Q&A session with experts.

The news conference will take place at NOAA’s National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and will be available live to the media via GoToWebinar. NOAA forecasters will discuss how significant rain and snow this winter in the western U.S. may impact the potential for spring flooding. The potential for drought to develop in the Midwest and the Great Plains will also be discussed.

NOAA’s seasonal outlooks help communities and businesses prepare for the most likely weather and environmental conditions during the coming months. Empowering people with information to prepare and take action is key to NOAA’s effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation


U.S. Spring Outlook virtual news conference


11 a.m. EDT, Thurs., March 21st


For credentialed reporters only. Interested reporters must register for the event using this GoToWebinar form offsite link. Include your full name and media affiliation. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.


Jon Gottschalck, Operational Prediction Branch Chief, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center

Ed Clark, Director, National Water Center

Additional experts available during Q&A:

  • Brad Pugh, Operational drought lead, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center
  • Tom Di Liberto, climate scientist, NOAA's Climate Program Office
  • Brad Rippey, meteorologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • David Maurstad, Senior Executive of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program
  • Nick Nauslar, Fire Science & Operations Officer, National Interagency Fire Center
  • Regional NOAA River Forecast Center experts

Additional resources

NOAA’s Spring Weather Safety Campaign offers information on hazardous spring weather — tornadoes, floods, thunderstorm winds, hail, lightning, heat, wildfires, rip currents and tsunamis — and tips on how to stay safe.


Media contacts

Erica Grow Cei,, (202) 892-5843

NWS Public Affairs,, (301) 427-9000