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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published October 22 2012

Weather Talk: Month of October looking to buck two weather trends

With about a week to go, the month of October appears to be about to buck two separate weather trends. This month will likely be the first month in more than a year to be significantly colder than average as well as wetter than average.

Does this mean that our drought is over? We cannot know this for several months. When the weather first turned warm and dry back in September 2011, people asked if the 19-year rainy period had ended. The answer then was the same as it is now: We cannot know for several months. Any trends in weather and climate can be easily masked by temporary aberrations or a rogue weather system.

That nice rain last week made things wet, but it certainly did not return the water table to its pre-drought status. The only way to know if the current weather will mark the end of the warm, dry weather pattern is to wait a few months and see if it is wet and cool or warm and dry.


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