A Relatively Cool Summer Doesn't Necessarily Mean a Cooler Winter

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Yes, we have officially reached 100 degrees at DFW Airport. However, the summer hasn't been too terribly hot overall. Granted, we still have to get through August, but all things being considered, it hasn't been too bad so far.

I had several people ask me if there was a correlation between a relatively cool summer and the kind of weather we can expect as we go into winter. So, I jumped into the numbers to find out!

I took the 25 coolest summers and looked at the ranking of the following winter. Of those 25 "cool" summers, four of the following winters were in the top 20 coolest winters on record, while four other winters ended up being in the top 20 warmest winters on record. The remaining 17 were mixed somewhere in the middle of the pack.

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Bottom line, there is no real correlation between a cool summer being followed up by a cold winter.

For what it’s worth, the Climate Prediction Center forecast for December, January and February called for slightly above normal temperatures and near to slightly above normal precipitation.

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