By Sarah Chacko
Killeen Daily Herald
This year, fall is feeling more like spring to Central Texans.
Novembers unusually high temperatures have some residents anticipating more seasonal weather.
When is winter going to kick in? asked Violet Trevino of Killeen as she picnicked with her family Sunday in Conder Park.
Though she said it is nice to still have wea-ther she can take her kids out in, she hopes it gets cold soon.
Jennifer Dunn, spokes-person for the Fort Worth off-ice of the Na-tional Weather Ser-vice, said data from Tem-ple shows this months highs in the upper 70s to 80s.
Last year at this time, she said there were a few cold days early in the month with the rest of November fluctuating between high 70s and low 80s.
Its definitely warmer overall for the first couple weeks in November, Dunn said.
The monthly average for November over the last 30 years shows the normal temperature at 68.
Right now, youre averaging about 13 degrees above normal, she said.
At the first sign of cold weather, Trevino said she and her family bought winter clothes, which are now sitting in their closets.
Right now we should be running our heater, not our air conditioner, she said.
Allowing heaters to halt for a while is what some market analysts are saying is behind declining fuel costs.
Dow Jones News Service reported that above-normal temperatures in the Northeast, Americas largest heating oil-consuming region, and the Midwest, a key natural gas market, reduced demand for the fuels.
But the change can be questionable. It follows on the heels of an abnormal rash of natural disasters, Trevino said, which could all be the result of a shifting world climate.
Something is changing, she said.
Spc. Larry Hurtt of Fort Hood said the weather was definitely related to the storms, which probably caused at least a change in pressure.
I dont know if the warm weather caused the storms or the storms caused the warm weather, he said.
Dunn said there isnt a solid reason for the warm weather so late in the fall.
Some people are arguing industrialization and global warming, but its really hard to pinpoint why, she said.
The only trend that can be seen so far is that since 1988, a warmer November has typically meant a warmer winter, she said.
However, forecasts show a shift in temperatures should be coming to Central Texas soon.
According to weather.com, the forecast for Killeen shows high temperatures in the mid-80s to 70s until Wednesday, when highs will drop to the 60s.
The cool front will last until Saturday, when temperatures will rise to the low 70s.
The NWS winter weather outlook for December, January and February is supposed to average out around normal overall, Dunn said. But that may mean a swing of unusual highs and lows that balance out to an average.
Hurtt and others were breaking a sweat playing basketball at Longbranch Park in Killeen Sunday when he said just weeks ago it was freezing.
Some said they wished it was colder, but others, like Pfc. Alvin Swayzer of Fort Hood, said they enjoyed the moderate temperatures, even though they predicted it wouldnt last.
Id give it until the 20th, he said.
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