Weather Talk: Our cold fall is just a regional aberration

Here in Fargo-Moorhead, the average mean temperature (the average of daily highs and lows) during October was the sixth coldest on record since 1881. That's number six out of 138, which is impressively cold. The central and eastern United States and much of Canada has also been having a cool fall.

However — and very much on the other hand — much of Europe and western Asia just experienced the third warmest October on record, according to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Australia had the fourth warmest October on record and South America had its 10th warmest. Arctic sea ice was at the third smallest sea ice extent since 1979 while Antarctica, at the end of its winter season, reached its fourth smallest maximum sea ice extent on record.

When observed from a global perspective, our cold autumn is revealed to be just a regional cold snap in a warming world.