Not a terrible summer, right? Plenty of rain on the front end — enough to cause catastrophic flooding mostly to the south and west of Austin — and relatively mild temperatures to make the record-busting heat of 2011 a memory. Now the calendar says it’s fall, even if your thermometer doesn’t.
Austin (at Camp Mabry, anyway) recorded 24 days of triple-digit temperatures in 2015, far less than in 2011, which saw 90.
The weather pattern known as El Niño is expected to dominate the storyline through fall and winter, bringing with it cooler and wetter than average conditions. But lately we’ve been sitting under a series of stubborn high-pressure ridges that have mostly kept things slightly hotter than typical and mostly dry. Temperatures have been 2 or more degrees above average in the city this week and even warmer to the west.
There’s a chance we could get a cold front in time to make it cooler and damper for part one of the Austin City Limits Festival the first weekend of October. There’s also potentially greater chances for ice this coming winter because of El Niño.