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Weather Blog: Fall Is Here...Right?

Weather Blog: Fall Is Here...Right?

by Gene Norman / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on October 1, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 10:53 PM

Whenever we start to get a good taste of fall, everyone deluges me with questions about a summer relapse.  I think with this most recent blast of cool weather, we won't likely see a return of sustained 90° temperatures like we saw during the last week of September.  October is usually a good transition month for us as the jet stream pattern changes and periodic dips on those ribbons of high-speed winds bring cooler weather our way.  Such was the case this past weekend; we had nearly day-long rain Saturday, followed by lingering sprinkles Sunday and gradual clearing. 

So what about the rest of October?  Each month, the Climate Prediction Center in Washington, DC, uses high-speed computers to determine the likelihood of warmer or cooler than normal weather across the U.S.  It also takes a stab at which areas of the country will see more or less rain than normal.  Here's the outlook for October temperatures:

Most locations east of the Mississippi are expected to be cooler than normal.  The middle of the U.S., including Houston, should expect a fairly typical October.  The Western states should see warmer than normal weather.  As for rainfall:

Higher than normal rainfall is expected around the Great Lakes and up and down the East Coast.  The opposite holds true from the West Coast and parts of the southwest.  Again, Houston is in the middle, expecting normal rainfall.

By the way, "normal" October translates to this: average high - 82°, average low 60°.  As for rainfall, October is one of our wetter months; we average 5.70".

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