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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published October 11 2013

Weather Talk: Weather this fall notably different than last year

Fall weather is getting a late start this year. No widespread frost yet. And no snow.

Yes, last year, we had already seen snow by this time. Last year, we had gotten a lot of fall already. The first light frost was on Sept. 18. Several hard freezes followed a few days later. About an inch and a half of snow fell on Oct. 4. In between the hard freezes and the first snow was a smattering of 80-degree afternoons in late September. We have not had much of that lately, either.

Last year, September was very dry. The dry soils encouraged dramatic temperature swings. This fall has been quite rainy, and our wet soil does not vary in temperature as much.

By the way, that early snow last October was followed by another in late October, but then very little snow fell until the second half of the winter, showing that it can be misleading to try to judge a winter by the date of the first snowfall.

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