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Forecasters Predict Dry, Hot Fall

Drought to continue through next season

Thursday, Aug 18, 2011  |  Updated 2:50 PM CDT
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Forecasters Predict Dry, Hot Fall

Federal weather forecasters said the drought will continue into the fall.

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Federal weather forecasters said the country can expect more of the same weather for this fall. And they urge coastal regions to be ready for a hurricane.

The three-month weather prediction sees no relief from the record Southwest drought. It also predicts warmer than normal weather for a wide swath of the country from Maine to Arizona. Only the Southeast, Northwest and California will likely be spared. That's because forecasters a La Nina system to keep rain away.

Climate Prediction Center operations chief Ed O'Lenic also said a high pressure system that has kept tropical storms away from the East has moved, making a U.S. hurricane strike more possible. The last hurricane to strike the U.S. was in 2008.

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