Appreciating Austin’s outstanding weather, in two charts

We’re looking at high temperatures in the upper 70s to the lower 80s for the rest of the week in the Austin area, according to the National Weather Service.

Look, we all know it’s going to get hot again here at some point. Really hot. El Niño won’t stick around forever, and since the start of the year it hasn’t even been delivering the typical cooler-and-wetter conditions to Central Texas anyway. It may even give way this summer to a La Niña, which is basically El Niño’s bizarro twin, bringing hot and dry conditions (and possibly drought). At that point, life gets less pleasant. The rest of the nation will worry or just gawk at how hot and dry Texas can get.

So in the meantime, compare and contrast these two graphics — an Austin area forecast and a weather summary for Buffalo, N.Y. — enjoy:

austin

 

buffalo