Equinox comes, but heat persists

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Equinox comes, but heat persists“No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.” — John Donne


Autumn Equinox came and went on Wednesday, Sept. 22. But in the Indian Wells Valley, leaves still appear to be clinging to their boughs, and summer temperatures have not yet given way to our typically crisp fall air.

“The temperatures have definitely climbed above what we typically consider ‘normal’ for this time of year,” said Tamera Walters, lead forecaster at China Lake.

She said that averages for late September usually hover in the low 90s. She predicted high 90s for the next week or two.

National Weather Service forecasts show temperatures in the low 100s for the next week. However, Walters noted that those projections are often less reliable than those modeled after data collected from the local weather station.

“It could be mid October before we start experiencing cooler temperatures,” she said.

Looking at the long-range forecast, most meteorologists are predicting a La Nina year. “I have been reading up on that, and it looks like we could be in for a really dry winter,” said Walters.

“That could mean we have a little bit cooler weather. But as always, we just have to see how that pans out.”

During the Autumn Equinox, typically observed Sept. 22 or 23 each year, most regions experience an equal amount of daylight and darkness within a given day. As temperatures begin to drop, so will daylight begin to decline for those of us living north of the Tropic of Cancer.

Pictured: While a few leaves get a head start from their peers, most remain clinging to their branches. — Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2020-09-25