Hope You Like Rain, Dallas

It's going to be a wet fall and winter.

El Niño, climate conditions spurred on by warmer-than-normal temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, is likely to keep us rain-heavy for the next few months:

Rick Mitchell, a meteorologist at KXAS-TV (NBC5) said the southern jet stream has been active for some weeks now, and “will stay active, and active from California through the southern tier of the U.S., continuing to impact all of Texas and the southern third of the nation.”

Following the heavy rains in April and May, “I feel like El Niño has been fairly well-behaved,” Mitchell said.

“We felt there would be a relaxation of rain over the summer, but I don’t think anyone thought it would dry up the way it did,” he said. “And when the spigot turned on again, it really did, and I think that trend should continue through the rest of fall and into the winter.

On the plus side, the Texas drought is over, again:

September 29 2015 Drought Monitor map

November 10 Texas Drought Monitor map

As a new homeowner, I am most enjoying not having to water my lawn.

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  • 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac is forecasting a dryer winter and summer. Don’t count on El Nino.