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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published September 08 2012

Weather Talk: Autumn usually quiet time for meteorologists

Autumn is usually a quiet time in the weather office. The thunderstorm season is winding down. And even if severe thunderstorms are still possible this time of year, they are certainly much rarer than during spring and high summer.

On the other hand, the next four to eight weeks could bring an early snowstorm or blizzard. But September and October snows are usually light and quick to melt. Actually, the biggest threat from the weather this time of year is that of frost. And frost is not really much of a threat unless it comes extremely early.

Meteorological attention in autumn is often focused on the various long-range winter outlooks (guesses) and on whether there will be any soaking rains to recharge soil moisture.

And so with most of the pressure off, meteorologists are better able to just enjoy the weather; which, by the way, is often lovely this time of year.

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