A Late Fall

Flock of ducks (photo by Brian Herman)
Flock of ducks (photo by Brian Herman)

12 November 2015

Fall seems late this year.

The leaves were late to change color and stayed on the trees longer than expected, temperatures last week were 15 degrees above normal, and the ducks are late arriving from the north.  In my city neighborhood we haven’t had a really hard frost yet.

Have you noticed this, too?

A strong El Niño is warming the northern U.S. and southern Canada this fall (red on map below). 

Seas surface temperature anomaly, Oct 11 - Nov 7, 2015 (image from climate.gov)

Without ice forming on the northern lakes, waterfowl have no compelling reason to come south.  When do you think the big flocks will arrive?

p.s. Click here for more information and the Weather Channel’s Winter 2015-2016 forecast.

(photo by Brian Herman)

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