STEPHENVILLE — Residents of western Newfoundland can expect autumn weather that will fall slightly above seasonal temperatures and close to normal values in precipitation.
That's according to Elena Lappo, a meteorologist with The Weather Network. Lappo said the seasonal average for the region is a maximum of 10.7 C and a minimum of 4 C, but said some days between September and November will be below seasonal and other days above.
The average rainfall for western Newfoundland for that period of time is 305 millimetres and 49 centimetres of snow.
Lappo said in comparison, last fall's temperatures in Corner Brook were fairly seasonal with an average of 11.3 C maximum and 3.4 C minimum; while precipitation counts had 265 mm of rain and 64.6 cm of snow, which is pretty consistent for most of western Newfoundland.
Overall, temperatures are expected to average out at a degree above normal, which is good news in that it was fairly seasonal last year and should be up a touch from that this fall.
In relation to wind and possible impact of hurricanes, Lappo said that is difficult to predict until systems begin to develop.
She said once something develops, a track will be predicted and specifics given as to where it will hit portions of Newfoundland, or not.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have forecast 12-17 named storms in the Atlantic Basin this fall season, with five to eight of them developing into hurricanes and two to three being considered major.
The track of the hurricanes along the U.S. seaboard will determine the impact on Atlantic Canada and meteorologists recommend tuning into The Weather Network for the latest information on hurricanes.