Heat Waves, Hurricanes Predicted for Summer in U.S.

As the season of long days and short nights, barbecues and cold drinks, and lakeshore and beachfront retreats is kicked off this Memorial Day weekend, forecasters train their gaze on charts and graphs as they attempt to predict the fickle summer weather.

“In summer we are not dealing primarily with a jet stream,” said Mike Halpert, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center in Camp Springs, Maryland. “It typically shifts northward into Canada.”