With one day left to go into the record books (today), the average temperature for this fall at the Salt Lake City International Airport sits at 57.7ºF, 0.7ºF warmer than 2015.
|Source: NOAA Regional Climate Centers|
Although we are going to lose a little ground today, my hazy, jet-lagged, early morning math suggests we will come out ahead of 2015 when today is in the books. Regardless, both years add to our string of five consecutive years with exceptionally warm falls. How much the recent fall warmth is due to long-term global warming or climate variability is an interesting question. Thanks to global warming, the dice are loaded for above average temperatures, but my view is that the last few years the large-scale flow has also been favorable for us to have warmer falls.