Friday, September 23, 2011
Hot start for Fall
BREAKING ANY RECORDS. SIMILAR TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED THROUGH
It looks like Ol' Airy Zonie is going into the grips of a prolonged drought. The NWS Droubt Monitor graphic is shown here. Also, La Nina is back after a short hiatus this spring and summer. That means high odds of a very dry winter in the Southwest. Pity poor Texas as the Lone Star state will continue to bear the brunt of brutally droughty conditions. The return of La Nina is easy to see in the ocean surface temperature graphic shown below the drought map. Click here for a five week animation of the evolving situation there.
The idea of a cold fall season dropping our leaves early looks pretty laughable right now. Good thing we made a plan to have someone else deal with those pesky leaves. At least we won't have to worry about driving through a snowstorm to get south in early November. If the longer range forecasts turn out to be true, it could still be in the 80's when we show up down there--70's are a near certain likelihood. Looks like it's going to be a nice winter to become regular day hikers again. Cheers, jp
Posted by John Parsons at 6:51 AM