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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published October 09 2013

Weather Talk: September ranks second for highest low average

In a recent Weather Talk, I mentioned that last month was one of only four Septembers without a low temperature in the 30s. We did finally record a low in the 30s on Oct. 7, which was the second-latest such occurrence on record.

That statistic prompted a reader to ask if September 2013 recorded the highest average low temperature. The answer is, almost. The average low last month was 53.2 degrees, which ranked as the second-warmest average low temperature in a September.

The year with the warmest average lows in September was in 2009, with an average of 53.9 degrees. The current third-warmest September for low temperatures was in 2004. Of interest is that the summers of 2004 and 2009 ranked as two of the coldest summers on record that turned very mild in September.

This year both the summer and September finished above average, and the mild temperatures last month were very welcomed after our horribly cold wet spring.

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