October…Unusually cold for the northern tier
Many regions of the United States went from summer to winter leaving many people wondering what lies ahead for the month of December and January, usually the coldest months in the US. This drastic change in temperatures made it difficult for trees to show their foliage beauty across the Midwest and the Northeast because many trees lost their leaves during the first week of October when many areas saw their first snowfall. So it wasn’t a great year at all for those who enjoy the fall foliage across the nation. Attached is a map showing the current foliage in the of Minnesota.
Do you remember how bad the drought situation was in Texas this past summer? With more than 15% of the state being under exceptional drought? Well, it is amazing how a couple of months have made a difference in the lone star state. Some people say, that it normally takes a flood to end the drought in Texas and that is exactly what has happened in the past month. The Dallas/Ft. Worth area since Sept. 1 has seen 13.61 inches of rain and they are expecting close to 2 more inches this week so flooding is an issue especially into the Eastern portion of the Longhorn state. There is a front approaching the region and as this front moves towards the south, it will mix with juicy moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and that will trigger some heavy downpours, cloud to ground lightning and a severe weather alert all the way into Louisiana.
Snow will continue to fall in Colorado, Montana and the Dakotas with many areas seeing close to 6 inches, so get your snow plows ready!
Enjoy your Sunday and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more weather stories.