It’s no secret that the beginning of fall in the Valley is quite different than the feel of autumn in other parts of the country.
“As far as the southern United States, it’s a little bit harder for that cold air to get down here because of those winds keeping the cooler air more across the northern United States,” said NWS-Brownsville Forecaster Mike Castillo.
And experts say while there are no drastic weather predictions this fall, we can expect the ambient temperature to feel a few degrees cooler than normal in the coming months.
“Based on the weather patterns, we’re expecting to see a lot more cloud coverage associated with the rainfall. That’s going to affect our temperatures in general,” said Castillo.|
It’s nice outside right now, but El Nino weather patterns in the Pacific suggest that we could have more precipitation, and therefore cooler temperatures in the Valley this fall.
“We tend to see wetter systems going into the fall because of the storm systems from the west as opposed to the North,” said Castillo.
We asked what that means in terms of the general fall outlook:
“If we get a lot of rainfall over periods of several days, then we’re talking anywhere from on average, two to three degrees below normal for the month,” said Castillo.
National Weather Service experts say their predictions are based on a three-month outlook. So far, it looks as if cooler air and more precipitation will eventually head toward the Valley.