Welcome to (Meteorological) Fall!

Believe it or not, Fall has arrived in the Stateline.  I know what you’re probably thinking.  Most of us follow astronomical Fall, which begins on the autumnal equinox.  This year’s equinox is September 22, 2013.  Meteorological Fall, however, begins on September 1 of every year.

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Meteorologists use full months to classify the seasons.  The reason behind this?  It is much easier to keep weather records and analyze climate data by complete months, rather than by arbitrary dates.  Here is the seasonal calendar that meteorologists use:

  • Winter: December 1st – February 28th
  • Spring:  March 1st – May 31st
  • Summer: June 1st – August 31st
  • Fall: September 1st – November 30th

Meteorological Fall is the season that typically brings the largest temperature swing in the Stateline.  On September 1st, our average high temperature is 80 degrees.  By the time November 30th arrives, our average high temperature is 39 degrees.  That’s a “fall” of 41 degrees!

Who’s ready for pumpkin-carving, apple cider, and brightly-colored leaves?

-Joe

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Posted under 13 Climate Authority, First Look, statistics, weather

This post was written by qni_it on September 1, 2013

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