Although there were brief, periodic cool spells, shirtsleeves were the norm across much of the Western U.S. in September and October. According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s monthly report, September temperatures in Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico were the warmest on record, while California, Nevada, Arizona, and Wyoming all experienced their top 10-warmest Septembers. This trend not only carried over into October out West, but high temperatures also persisted globally. The Global Temperature Report, produced monthly by the University of Alabama in Huntsville, indicated October was one of the warmest months on record. Preliminary figures had temperatures at about 0.77 degrees above the 30-year average, and the report largely credits an El Nino warming event in the Pacific. Regardless of what’s to blame, it’s been an extremely mild fall across the West, to say the least, and we all know how this can affect whitetail movement.