Residents have weeks before the onset of winter. Last weekend, mild temperatures prompted some to wear jackets and hoodies for the first time this season. Next weekend will feature similar cool weather — and winter is approaching — but September temperatures don’t signal anything drastic.
Linda Gilbert, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, said temperatures, ranging from 70 degrees to upper-80 degrees, have been normal this month.
“Honestly, we’re in a transition period right now,” Gilbert said. “Temperatures above normal one weekend or below normal the next, these kinds of fluctuations are pretty normal because of that transition. As far as the weather patterns we’ve seen, it’s been pretty typical for this time of year.”
Dave Clippert, director of Sedalia-Pettis County Emergency Management Agency, said this weekend’s cooler temperatures may precede thunderstorms.
“Nothing severe,” Clippert said.
Clippert said he could not predict the intensity of the upcoming winter.
“Really, when it comes to winter, until you’re three to four days out, it’s a crapshoot at that point,” Clippert said. “Winter weather changes so rapidly. Just a one-degree shift in a snowstorm either north or south can make a world of difference.”
September weather fluctuations, like the mild one expected this weekend, are a sign of transition. It’s about time the weather cooled off.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000 or @abagueros2.