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Carrie's Blog: Where is fall?

Average high temperatures September through Novemeber Average high temperatures September through Novemeber
Our days get shorter heading toward winter. Our days get shorter heading toward winter.
October is the driest month on average. November is usually a little more damp. October is the driest month on average. November is usually a little more damp.

This has certainly been a warm and muggy fall here in South Mississippi. We are normally seeing highs in the low to mid 70s by the beginning of November and lows are normally in the mid 50s. As of late, our highs have been running 5-10 degrees above normal. Our lows have been mild and muggy and running 10-15 degrees above average.

November 1st, our average high is 75 degrees. We only hit 71 degrees because it rained almost all day. In fact, we picked up 1.93” of rain at WLOX. By November 15th, our average high drops to 70 degrees, and by November 30th, it drops to 64 degrees.

At least temperatures aren’t in the upper 80s to low 90s anymore, and we shouldn’t be seeing those temperatures for several months. But we are not alone seeing above average temperatures.The eastern half of the US is experiencing unseasonably warm weather.

A front is draped across the Midwest bringing some much cooler temperatures to many parts of the Rocky Mountain West and upper Midwest. Denver saw a 22 degrees temperature drop in the past 24 hours. When we see such significant temperature swings, it makes it seem colder because you're comparing it to the day before. Just like when we've seen a spell of less humid air and cooler temperatures, then we warm back to normal or above normal, it feels much warmer because our bodies have acclimated to the cooler, drier conditions.

Our body acclimates to the weather wherever we are. In August, we would have loved a day with a high of 78 degrees, and that’s in large part because our average high from June 3rd to September 20th is between 87 and 90 degrees. That’s 109 consecutive days of an average high at 87 or higher. That’s a long time; it’s 30% of the year. When you combine that with humidity, forget about it. The ‘feels like’ temperature is almost unbearable and downright dangerous at times.

I remind you of that heat and humidity in hopes to remind you how far we’ve come, at least how far the temperatures have come…down. Enjoy it! Because before too long, people will be complaining about the cold.

With the end of Daylight Saving Time, it also seems like our days get so much shorter. Technically, we do lose daylight the deeper we go into fall. On the first day of fall, September 23rd, we have 12 hours and nine minutes of daylight. As of November 1st, we are one minute shy of 11 hours. By the end of the month, we’ll be down to 10 hours and 22 minutes.

October is one of my personal favorite months, but I also love fall in general. I love the change of the season, the colors, the anticipation of cooler weather, lattes and sweaters and of course, football. But, really the weather can have such big temperature swings, it just more fun to forecast because it seems like a lot people love fall, too!

I’m always hoping for a big cool down because we know we won’t have to wait too long for a warm-up. Here’s to some cooler weather. Happy fall, y’all!

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