NOAA Says El Nino Weather Pattern Is Fading

Chris Sommer
July 18, 2019 - 7:26 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - El Nino has been pretty good to North Texas in 2019.

Not only does DFW remain ahead on rainfall for the calendar year, the area has yet to see its first official 100-degree reading.  Things could be changing in the near future.

Government forecasters at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration say the El Nino pattern that took hold early this year is fading.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Lamont Bain said it means we likely will see a shift back to a more neutral pattern.  "So far this summer, most of North Texas has been a little on the cooler side.  But, as we head for the hottest stretch of the year, which is typically late July and August, it will essentially feel more like a normal summer," Bain said.

As for the chances of preserving our streak of no triple-digit days, Bain said, "I would expect to see 100-degree heat across the Metroplex probably within the next few weeks or so."

Dallas-Fort Worth recorded only two 100-degree days in August 2018, and last fall was the wettest in our recorded history.

Forecasters say the current trend appears to signal near-normal temperatures and precipitation for the upcoming fall and winter.