I know, we are barely into July,  but it's time to see what's in store for us weatherwise this fall.

According to the National Weather Service, the Northern Hemisphere will be in the process of shifting into a La Nina weather pattern between the month of July through September.

This La Nina weather pattern is expected to persist through the winter.  Which could spell trouble for North Dakota.  Some of our snowiest and coldest winters in the last few years have been during La Nina periods but impacts can vary from year to year.

Typically, El Nino weather patterns bring us warmer winters and we tend to see less snow too.  That was certainly the case this past winter.

What does La Nina mean for the fall and what are the impacts?

According to the National Weather Service, historically La Nina means a warmer and drier fall.  That's good news for us who love the autumn like me.  By far my favorite season.  Not that I don't enjoy summer, but there's something about fall and it's colors that capture my heart.

It appears the 3-month outlook for September, October, and November agrees with a typical La Nina fall forecast.

National Weather Forecast
National Weather Forecast

As you can see by these two maps from the National Weather Service, September, October, and November look to be slightly above normal for temperatures in North Dakota.

Precipitation for North Dakota this fall looks to be about average.

Hopefully, we can avoid any early season blizzards in October as we did last year.

Overall, it looks to be a pleasant fall coming our way.  Enjoy the rest of your summer, because you know fall will be here before we know it.

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