Based on previous drought years, this summer’s dry conditions could mean we are in for a wet fall season. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says while no two drought years are the same, a general tendency is to have a wetter than normal fall season as what was seen in 1936. He adds a few exceptions were in the 1950s when the drought continued.
Hillaker notes unless there is an exceptional amount of rainfall received over the fall and into the winter, flooding next spring should not be a problem because of the low river levels.
He says there are no historical patterns to give any indication on what the temperatures will be in the fall and winter following a drought like we experienced.