NOAA to issue 2019 U.S. Spring Outlook on March 21

March 14, 2019
A spring scene of the Chicago skyline.

NOAA will announce the U.S. Spring Outlook on Thursday, March 21, comprised of nationwide flood risk and temperature, precipitation and drought predictions for April through June.

Currently, some regions are experiencing widespread flooding due to above-average precipitation, soil saturation and early snowmelt. NOAA forecasters will discuss whether this flooding may improve or worsen and where new flooding is possible.

NOAA produces seasonal outlooks to help communities prepare for weather and environmental conditions that are likely during the coming months, and to minimize effects on lives and livelihoods. Empowering people with information to prepare and take action is key to NOAA’s effort to build a Weather-Ready Nation.


Media teleconference to announce the U.S. Spring Outlook, followed by a Q&A.


Thursday, March 21, at 11:00 a.m. EDT


  • Mary Erickson, deputy director, National Weather Service, Silver Spring, Maryland

  • Edward Clark, director, NOAA’s National Water Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Jon Gottschalck, chief, Operational Prediction Branch, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, College Park, Maryland

  • Daniel Kaniewski, Ph.D., acting deputy administrator, FEMA, Washington, D.C.



  • This briefing is for credentialed reporters only.

  • In the U.S.: 1-888-455-9746

  • International: 1-773-681-5826

  • Passcode: "Spring"


*Please note

Though the press briefing is available only by phone, news stations may send a camera to NOAA’s National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, or NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, for one-on-one interviews after the announcement. Please contact Lauren Gaches (NOAA) to make arrangements.


Media contact

Lauren Gaches, 301-683-1327