Dredging on the Mississippi-it's because of a drought that, until last week, included the Magnolia State
Mississippi May Finally Be Heading Into Autumn
by Chris Davis
JACKSON, Miss.--The high school football season has started, but we haven't yet seen the leaves change color, a clear sign that the weather is getting cooler. But, that may change by next week. Forecasts for most of the state have high temperatures in the low to mid 80s and rain coming in. We asked National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Koneke if that's an indication that the hot weather pattern may be broken.
The short answer-yes.
"We're definitely starting to transition into that fall-like pattern, getting summer outta here. It's been a brutal summer, probably more so west of here," he said.
The summer has seen a drought in Mississippi and much of the middle portion of the country. Many experts declared the drought over for the Magnolia State last week after rain from Hurricane Isaac. As part of the results of that drought, there have been near record low water levels in the Mississippi River. It's a problem that the U.S. Army Corps is dealing with on a daily basis, dredging so barges can get through the channels and keep commerce from coming to a halt.
But, back to the cooler weather. Koeneke tells me the next 30 to 60 days should get us into the fall season, with a pattern of cold fronts reinforcing the cooler air.
But, we could still see some 90 degree days.
"You're definitely gonna have the opportunity to get the humidity back in here. Mid-90s and upper 90s are not out of the question. But, as we get into late September and October that's a lot harder to do."
Koeneke says the Climate Prediction Center issued a forecast Wednesday that put Mississippi's winter cooler than last year. He saus the state's temperatures will be influenced by an El Nino pattern.