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Daryl Ritchison, Published September 18 2012

Weather Talk: F-M could still be treated to a few more days in 80s

In the spring, we are often looking forward to recording our first 60-, 70- or 80-degree day of the year. In autumn, it is difficult to know when we have experienced the last such day of year.

This past Saturday, the official high temperature was 88 degrees, and based on a few conversations, many of you probably felt that was the last hurrah of the season. The average last 80-degree day is Sept. 29, yet historically an 80-degree high temperature has been recorded approximately every other year during the month of October. Also, the last day with a record high in the 80s is on Oct. 25.

Although we have cooled off in recent days, considering how dry the topsoil continues to be and the overall warmth we have experienced much of the year, another day or two in the 80s will likely not surprise any of us.


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