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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published September 12 2012

Weather Talk: Hot-and-cold temp pattern likely to continue this fall

The weather has been consistently warm for most of the past year around the Red River Valley as well as over much of the central and eastern United States. Since early August, this pattern has been showing signs of weakening. Instead of remaining consistently above average, our temperatures here in the north have been going hot and cold, from above to below average and back again.

Farther south, the hot summer has turned into a more typical early fall temperature pattern. The presence of warm water over the equatorial Pacific region (El Nino) suggests a likely continuation of this topsy-turvy temperature pattern during the fall.

And while it is too soon to make any reliable forecast for the winter season, the current pattern makes it seem unlikely that the winter will a repeat of last winter’s balmy conditions.

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