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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published October 23 2013

Weather Talk: Fall weather in our region really comes in two parts

The weather we have had over the past week would be considered hard winter in most places. There has been frost and scattered areas of light, slushy snow. The temperatures are cool enough to require a jacket night and day. Windows have remained closed, and furnaces have been running.

Here in the North, we consider this to be fall weather. And when it snows a little and melts soon after, we call that a fall snow. Such a concept would be ludicrous farther south.

But here in the North, we really have two parts of fall. The first part has weather cooler than summer, but frost is rare and rain can still fall with thunder. This second phase of fall is when frost is frequent and an occasional wet snow is to be expected.

For us, winter is when everything outside has frozen and snow covers all. Here in the North, winter is complete.

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