Another Warm Month Finishes Chilly
With the recent cold and snow in early November, it certainly seems like summer-like weather has been gone a long time, doesn’t it? However, very warm weather that dominated the final half of September persisted through a good chunk of October. Circumstances changed significantly to close out the month and although severe weather was not particularly notable, active weather did highlight the period at times.
First Month of Fall Gets a Summer Finish
The Midwest once again found another month with major temperature swings in September as the transition to meteorological fall began. It was a cool beginning to September as a trough presided in the east with a large blocking ridge in the west. Ideally, this may have been a sign of the end the heat and a move over to cooler fall weather. However, summer decided to make a comeback instead.
Active Pattern Quiets Down for August
For the first two months of the summer, it seemed as if rain was a daily occurrence. Not only was it an active period of time, in many cases, it was record-breaking between June and July. August then came around and the pattern broke to bring a much drier period. Still, it remained cooler than normal, staying consistent with the theme of the earlier part of the 2017 summer.
Active Weather Pattern Continues in July
Rain has been a big part of the summer across the Midwestern United States so far. A high level of activity continued into July, with a multitude of heavy thunderstorm events that led to another surplus of rainfall for the region. Some of these events were severe with the amount of rainfall, to the point of flooding issues in the surrounding areas of the region’s major cities.
Another Rain Surplus for the Midwest: June 2017
June 2017 came in as another wet month for the Midwest. The typical hot and stifling weather that the central United States can often see in June was held in check for at least another month, though bouts of it were felt throughout the period. This was thanks, partially, to the ample rainfall activity, which found its way into the record books quite a few times.
A Cool and Active Month of May
The ups and downs continued into the month of May, which followed a relatively cool March and another warmer than average month in April. May came in back on the downswing, and not only turned out on the cooler-than-average side, but was also fairly active in terms of rain and severe weather.
A Warm and Rain-Soaked April
The run of well-above normal average temperatures was slowed in March courtesy of more frequent cold spells and even the re-emergence of snow. Once again, however, this was fairly short lived, as the warmer pattern roared back for the meteorological spring’s second month, April. In terms of the old adage “April showers bring May flowers,” there was certainly plenty of rain to go around in what turned out to be an active month as well.
Winter Rallies Back in March
As time in the 2016-2017 winter season went by, the snowless-ness continued across the Midwest courtesy of a January and February that finished with unprecedentedly meager numbers and mild temperatures. Ironically, the transitional month of March brought some winter back to the region, in some cases in record numbers. Old Man Winter’s frosty grip did not totally dominate the month as some of that warm influence of the previous two months would intervene at times. However, it proved to be a bumpy, and at times, chilly ride into the spring season.
January-February: Record Setting Warmth
The year 2016 finished with a cold and snowy flourish across the Midwest, a stark contrast to the lack of snow the last two Decembers. January, however, brought back the mild conditions we have become accustom to as of late. Not to be outdone, February followed with warmth falling into record territory. While occasional variability occurred with a few brief colder spells, above average temperatures simply dominated the landscape throughout the period.
DESPITE THE WARMTH, WINTER DID MAKE A FEW APPEARANCES
December 2016: Cold and Snowy
The meteorological fall leading into December was one of the warmest on record across the Midwest. The run of consecutive months with above-normal temperatures was a long one, going all the way back to spring for the Corn Belt states. The first month of meteorological winter rang a different tune, however, as it was back to reality for many. December proved to not only be a much colder month, but an active one as well.