Fall and Winter Wedding Weather Outlook for Wedding Planners
How will the possiblility of an El Nino affect weddings. Written by: Vin Crosby August 21, 2006
Hold on to your umbrellas in the Lone Star State
because wedding dresses
and wedding hair
may get a little damp
You've heard of the term El Nino and know it's a weather phenomena. There is a chance we could start experiencing a weak one late this fall and this winter. But how could it affect you and your fall and winter wedding plans?
As of August 10th according to the National Climatic Prediction Center we're currently sitting in a normal pattern but there are indications that we could develop weak El Nino conditions by late fall. El Nino has to do with surface water temperatures over a large area of the equatorial zone in the Pacific Ocean. When these water temperatures get above normal temperature readings and expand into the eastern Pacific El Nino conditions form. El Nino affects the weather around the globe and here in the United States we now have a pretty good grasp on possible weather conditions when an El Nino occurs.
To give you brides
an idea of whether the chances will be high that your wedding shoes
will get wet
or not let's talk about what typically happens in the United States during El Nino. First the wettest areas
trend to be in the southern United States.
The desert areas in the southwestern U.S.
over into Texas
usually take it on the chin when it comes to rain
being way above normal during the winter.
The rains could start falling in late fall. Above normal precipitaion occurs in the central plains
states and the southeast
as well from the months of November thorugh March. And with the clouds and showers happening more times than not the temperatures are cooler than normal. In the southeast snow, sleet, and freezing rain can be a frequent occurance especially in northern areas of Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and the Carolinas. These are not the greatest conditions for a wedding! Wedding plans in the northern plains during the winter months in an El Nino year are typically wonderful. Temperatures are way above normal and precipitation levels run below normal. In the Pacific Northwest
this tends to be the case as well with only coastal areas recording near normal to slightly below normal conditions when it comes to precipitation. Idaho, Oregon, and Wyoming are typically very dry during an El Nino. Your fall and winter wedding plans on the other corner of the United States looks wetter than normal along the New England
coast and drier than normal in Upstate New York through Vermont, New Hampshire, and western Maine. The temperatures are very warm to warm according to normals for most of the northern half of the country.
Currently it looks like we're heading to a weak El Nino which means conditions could be just slightly into the categories mentioned above. So if you want a detailed wedding weather forecast sign up for one of BridalWeather.com's
forecasting services! We'll track the weather right up to your wedding day!