NOAA predicts wet, warm spring for Houston area

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NOAA is forecasting a warmer, wetter spring for the Houston area.

The first few days of spring have been warmer than normal, and that's a trend that could continue through the end of May.

According to ABC13 Chief Meteorologist Tim Heller, the weather pattern this spring could produce warmer than normal weather conditions across much of the country, including all of Texas.

This spring, highs could hit 90 degrees earlier than normal, and morning lows might not be as comfortable as Houstonians are accustomed to.

Rainfall could be higher than normal for the same period, which will help keep drought conditions from developing in the Houston area. But Heller cautioned that there's always a concern about street flooding and bayou flooding whenever clusters of slow-moving storms move through Houston.

Despite the increased precipitation, the threat of river flooding this spring remains minor. NOAA researchers note that the soil is currently dry and streamflow is low throughout the region, with the caveat that increased precipitation typical of early spring "can generate minor and even moderating flooding at any time."

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