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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published August 25 2013

Weather Talk: Not unusual for late August to bring hot days to region

Across Alaska and northern Canada, autumn has settled in. The weather is cloudy, cool and drizzly. Temperatures in the 40s and 50s are common.

Here in our region, the weather has been hot, however, the periodic cold front is now capable of bringing in much cooler weather. This time of year, the transition zone between hot and cold gets squeezed a bit, causing our weather to become more changeable.

It is not unusual for late August to bring some of the hottest days of the summer, particularly if the ground has been dried by a lack of rain. But it is also normal to get spells of weather with a decidedly fall feel.

Eventually, the colder air will win out and summer will descend into fall, followed by winter. The longer nights and lower sun at noon are irrefutable evidence of this inevitability. The harmonics of weather will bring variations, but the seasons are fixed and are ruled by the position of the sun.

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