Blame It On The Jet Stream

Why is this summer weather so cool? Two words: jet stream.

With a little more than a month left until the official end of summer (but only 2 weeks until Labor Day), some of us may be wondering – what’s up with this summer’s weather?!

This morning it was a cool 52 degrees when I went for a walk at 6:00 a.m. in NJ.  It was beautiful but unusual.  In fact, I think I have only put my air conditioner on this summer for about 10 days, which I’m not complaining about, but it is a bit odd.

Well you can blame this cooler but enjoyable weather on the East Coast, and warmer than usual weather in the Pacific Northwest, on the jet stream. Its path this summer has thrown the normal summer heat off.  Many love it while others are wishing for temperatures above 90.

So does this mean anything for the winter ahead?

According to lore, “If a cold August follows a hot July, it foretells of a winter hard and dry.” (Of course July wasn’t too hot in many places.) But many meteorologists point out that it’s just the path of the jet stream and that it has nothing to do with the winter weather ahead.

But if you’re really interested in finding out just how cold this winter will be, we are releasing the Farmers’ Almanac’s official winter outlook next week. So stay tuned and in the meantime, check out this informative article on what the jet stream is.

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Sandi Duncan is the Managing Editor of the Farmers' Almanac. Click here to read Sandi's full biography.

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