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The first month of autumn started off colder than normal but abruptly switched to warmer than normal. … read full story
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Dry conditions continued for much of the Northeast.
The first half of fall was quite dry, denoted by the shades of red and orange on the precipitation map. The bulk of the Northeast saw 25 to 90 percent of normal precipitation, with the exception of West Virginia, which generally saw 110 to 200 percent of normal. Of the 35 airport climate sites, 29 were drier than normal. The U.S. Drought Monitor from October 16 showed 37 percent of the region was abnormally dry, while 4 percent was experiencing moderate drought conditions.
Temperatures have been above normal so far during fall.
Yellow and orange hues on the temperature map denote that temperatures were warmer than normal during the first half of fall. Most of the Northeast ranged from near normal to 2 degrees above normal. All but two airport climate sites saw above-normal temperatures, with 12 sites ranking the season so far among their top 20 warmest.