Minneapolis, MN KMSP - Here in the Upper Midwest we get short changed on a few seasons. It seems that we always get more than our fair share of winter; however, spring, summer and autumn often fall short of their ninety day allowance. Meteorologically speaking, each season is three months long with the months of September, October and November being classified as “Meteorological Fall”.
This year, we got our money’s worth by being able to experience a whole three months of this transitional season. We were able to dodge snowy cold spells, gray overcast days and leaf robbing windstorms. It is safe to say that for the first time in recent memory, we had a full fall! Check out some of the highlights from the past three months that we were proud to call fall.
MILD BUT NOT WILD
The months of September, October and November 2015 all were above average when it came to temperatures. In fact, after this nerdy meteorologist did the math, we ended up being about six degrees above average. That six degrees of separation that distinguished this fall from years past.
The slow retreat to the colder side of the calendar this year made for an exaggerated change of seasons here in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The fall colors started a few weeks later than normal and their brilliance took a few more weeks to fade.
WINNING WEEKEND STREAK
We have all heard the saying that timing is everything. That was a saying that we repeated for 12 week this fall. If you do the math you will see that is three months of brilliant weekend weather. The Vikings and the Gophers shared TCF Bank Stadium with blue skies every weekend since the first of September.
LACK OF SNOW AND COLD
Yes, we had a chilly and snow dusted last weekend of meteorological fall. However, it was sunny, so it still goes into the “Nice Weekend” column. We set a record for the latest 30° or colder daily low temperature.
We had the sixth latest start for our first accumulating snow, which fell on thanksgiving this time around. So for the most part, it was calm, mild and bright, giving us a chance to soak in one of the most popular seasons of the year.
So, after years of being yanked from one season to another, we finally got a chance to sit back and relax for three of the most beautiful months Minnesota weather has to offer. Now, if we can just keep on this trend for meteorological winter, which consists of the months of November, December and January. Hey, it’s an El Nino year, which means milder and drier weather is possible.