This was the 9th warmest summer across the globe since records began in 1880. August was the 10th warmest. Another interesting note is that Arctic sea ice extent at the end of August was at its second lowest extent on record. Sea ice declined by a record rate in August, decreasing by 950,000 square miles (2.47 million square kilometers) between Aug. 1 and Sept. 3. The current extent is 800,000 square miles (2.08 million square kilometers) below the 1979 – 2000 average. Source: NOAA
I love the seasons, all four of them. But one of the more interesting seasons is getting a bit closer... Winter. I was curious to see what our Winter may have in store for us. According to the Climate Prediction Center, it appears that December-January-February will have equal chances of being above or below average in the temperature and precipitation departments. This is likely due to neutral conditions over the equatorial Pacific Ocean. By neutral, i'm talking about conditions that are neither an El Nino nor La Nina. While we have equal chances of a warm or cold winter, it appears that much of the rest of the country will see above average temperatures for the winter.
Time will tell. I always enjoy forecasting a nice "little" snowstorm!