The video below provides a virtual tour of the Climate Prediction Center’s outlook tools.
For extended-range forecast maps, red and blue areas show regions that are favored to experience above (red) or below (blue) normal five- or seven-day mean temperatures. Greens and browns show areas that are favored to see above (green) or below (brown) average 5- or 7-day total precipitation. Areas in white show places where 5- or 7-day mean temperature or total precipitation are favored to be near average.
On the long-range outlooks, white means something slightly different: white indicates equal odds for above, near or below average 1- or 3-month mean temperature or total precipitation.
On each map, outlines around areas of color indicate the probabilities for above- or below-average conditions with darker colors indicating a higher likelihood for the forecast category. These forecasts can help decision makers such as water managers improve productivity and reduce potential risk that could threaten the livelihoods and health of the people in their regions.
Access the Tool
By mousing over and clicking on the links at the top of each map in the middle of the homepage, users can access any of the available forecasts. Click on the link to open a larger resolution map in a new window. The 6 to 10 day and the 8 to 14 day outlooks are also available in interactive form, while the U.S. hazards, 1-month, 5-month and U.S. drought outlooks are static pages.