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John Wheeler, WDAY , Published November 07 2012

Weather Talk: Novembers in Alabama similar to Septembers in F-M area

When I was a boy in Alabama, I remember how much I loved the weather in the month of November. Fall is the sunniest and driest season across most of the South, excepting those areas where tropical storms are more common.

Where I lived, in central Alabama, November temperature averages are similar to what we often experience in the Fargo-Moorhead area during September, with high temperatures often in the 60s and lows in the 40s. The average first frost of fall is around Nov. 9, compared to our Sept. 25. We wore jackets to school in the cooler mornings but were able to shed them in time for after-school football games.

Autumn leaves, which had started turning color in October, remained on the trees through most of November due to the absence of hard freezes and fierce windstorms. The oak leaves were the most stubborn, often remaining on the trees much of the winter, gradually revealing green and red clusters of mistletoe as the Southern winter became rainier as Christmas approached.

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