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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published October 07 2012

Weather Talk: 2 months warm, one very cold in fall of 2009

Autumn 2009 was one of the most noteworthy on record. September that year was the second warmest on record. After a very cold summer, September 2009 was a very welcomed extension of the warm season.

But that all changed on Oct. 1, when 2 inches of cold rain fell behind a powerful cold front that quickly turned the area from warm to cold. During the first two weeks of that month, the temperature never exceeded 54 degrees. There were more days with highs in the 30s than the 50s during that stretch. October 2009 finished as the ninth coldest on record.

Then on Nov. 1, the temperature climbed well above average and stayed there for the entire month. It was so mild that November 2009 finished as the second warmest on record. So the area experienced two almost record-breaking warm months with a very cold month sandwiched in between. It makes going from 80 degrees to snow last week seem not so strange after all.


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