A Fabulous Fall Forecast?

Posted on August 26, 2022 depends on what kind of weather you like.

Ok, ok, we know it’s still August, and that there’s a lot of summer left. But as we creep closer and closer to Labor Day, we can’t help but daydream about pulling out our hoodies and wool socks for the cool, crisp temperatures that autumn brings.

Well, we’re here to tell you that you might have to wait a little longer than normal for sweater weather. According to NOAA’s Seasonal Temperature Outlook released last week, we could be in for a warmer than normal September, October and November. Why? A strengthening La Niña in the Pacific.

A La Niña is a naturally-occurring climate phenomenon linked to colder than average surface water temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean. This affects tropical rainfall patterns and atmospheric winds over the Pacific. For us in the Midwest, that typically means a warmer than average fall, and, at least towards February and March, a colder and snowier than normal winter. So for this fall, that can mean we will be enjoying daytime temps in the upper 60s and even occasionally hitting 70 degrees into October. NOAA is also predicting drier conditions this autumn, which means we could be in for some sunny, pleasant fall days this year. Frankly, we are not sad about this. Hoodies, we’ll check back in with you in November.