Has fall hit the Panhandle for good?

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The Texas Panhandle is currently experiencing a cold front, but will it last

By Jami Joiner

Is Amarillo actually getting autumn at a reasonable time this year? Other than discussing what their classes have turned out to be, in contrast to what they actually expected, most students across the campus have taken note of the cooler weather Amarillo has experienced for the last week. After a sweltering hot summer with record high temps, it’s nice to see the temperatures significantly lower across the Panhandle. Actually, the entire U.S. is experiencing a decrease in temperature.

But the burning question is: Will it last? It looks as though Amarillo will have approximately ten days total of below 90 degree temps, and then it’s back into the heat. Not extreme heat, but lower to mid 90s for the rest of the week. Wishful thinkers across the area are hoping that Fall choses to stick around, but that’s just not the case.

Let’s take a closer look into why we’ve had such warm temperatures this season, and if it’s a trend that’s taking over. When looking at the bigger picture, that being earth, it seems reasonable to believe that the earth itself is just closer to the sun during our summer months. But to the contrary, the earth is not any closer to the sun than it has been in the last few thousand years.

The earth is, however, tilted more on it’s axis towards the sun during the summer solstice. This doesn’t affect the temperature like most would believe, but the fact that there is more daylight coverage for a longer time within a twenty-four hour period does make a difference.

If there’s one thing to love about Amarillo, it’s the fact that residents get to experience all four seasons. The seasons may not be spread evenly throughout the months of the year, but fall will come soon enough. And when it does, there will be much to celebrate!


Originally published: Friday, September 16, 2011

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