Will Extreme Weather of 2011 Continue through Fall?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Heather Buchman
AccuWeather.com
Aug 17, 2011

“Bigger cities, such as Chicago, Minneapolis and Denver, will also deal with wintry weather as arctic air charges farther south and east at times.”

2011 has been a year of extremes so far, from record-smashing snowstorms that pummeled the Midwest and Northeast in the winter to historic flooding and the devastating tornadoes that ravaged the South and central Plains during spring.
Now summer has proven to be extreme as well, most notably for the recent stifling heat waves that have gripped the eastern two-thirds of the country. At least 5,000 temperature records have been set because of the heat this summer.
That is not to mention the epic drought that has taken over Texas and the south-central U.S.
Many people may now be wondering if extreme weather patterns are going to continue through fall. Will there be more disastrous severe weather? What about early-season snowstorms and cold snaps? Will Texas get any drought relief?
While there is definitely concern for impacts from hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and snowstorms this fall, the season is generally not expected to be as extreme as the rest have been this year.
The AccuWeather.com Long-Range Forecasting Team’s forecast for fall 2011 highlights the Southeast for impacts from tropical systems, the northern Plains and Midwest for cold air invasions and snowstorms and areas from the southern Plains into the Ohio Valley for severe weather. However, there is little hope for drought relief in Texas.

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