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Area may have mild, wet fall

By JORDAN BECK

Escanaba Daily Press

ESCANABA — Though autumn will not officially begin until Sept. 23, according to the National Weather Service Marquette Office, the fall of 2019 could be warmer and wetter than normal in the Upper Peninsula.

These predictions are based on data from the Climate Prediction Center for September through November.

“Their forecast is for warmer than normal (temperatures) for the three-month period of fall,” Ryan Connelly — a meteorologist for the NWS Marquette Office — said.

However, Connelly noted the signals indicating this possibility are not particularly strong.

“They’re sort of hedging warmer than normal,” he said.

Precipitation through November may be higher than normal, as well.

“They are saying also near-normal to slightly above (normal) precipitation,” Connelly said.

Again, indicators related to precipitation levels in the U.P. this fall were not very strong.

Connelly also said these predictions are not meant to imply temperatures or precipitation levels will be dramatically higher than normal in the area.

“It’s the U.P. — it’s going to get cold in October and, in all likelihood, it’s going to snow in November,” he said.

In addition to the CPC’s predictions for fall weather, Connelly spoke about weather conditions in the U.P. over the past few months.

“On the whole, it ended up being pretty close to an average summer,” he said regarding local temperatures.

Temperatures were slightly cooler than average in June and August and slightly warmer than average in July. At the NWS Marquette Office, temperatures were recorded as being 1.5 degrees below average in June, 1.8 degrees above average in July, and 2.2 degrees below normal in August.