There is always something refreshing about the transition from summer to autumn. The temperature begins to cool, the air feels a bit more crisp and clean with that distinctive smell, and there is nothing like seeing the warm glow of changing autumn leaves.
The World Metrological Association is predicting a "triple dip" La Niña event, meaning it's our third La Nina winter in a row. La Niña climate patterns are caused by a build up of cooler-than-normal waters in the tropical Pacific, and this is the third time in the past century that it has occurred for three winters in a row.
La Niña events impact climate patterns globally. In the United States we may experience a colder, wetter winter than usual in Northern states, while Southern states may expect dryer, warmer conditions.
It will be interesting to see what you observe as your plants and animals transition through their fall phenophases this year. Your observations and efforts can provide valuable information about how plant and animals adjust to these major climactic events.
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