The Climate Prediction Center has released their official outlook for April. It's looking like a rainy and warmer patter will continue over Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Much of the southern Plains, Midwest, and East Coast will trend warmer-than-normal as ridging is expected over the eastern two-thirds of the nation. Cooler weather is expected over the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies.
With troughing likely in the west, more rain is expected to come onshore for the Pacific Coast, as well as rounds for showers and storms over the Ozarks and the Deep South. No areas of the nation are expecting drier-than-normal conditions.
What does warmer and wetter weather mean for our severe weather season. While those two may not be a direct correlation to severe weather, chances for storms may be more numerous. With troughing in the west, small shortwaves or bursts of energy and lift to create thunderstorms may be more likely to kick east over Oklahoma and Arkansas. If they are timed well, storm opportunities may go up, as long as enough cold air is allowed to drift south in the upper levels of the atmosphere.
All Americans will be getting more daylight in their lives as the sun rises earlier and sets later. Across Arkansas and Oklahoma, we'll gain a bit over one hour of extra daylight by the end of April.