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Will Fall Be Fantastic? Get Our Forecast!

Fall is just around the corner – it officially begins on Sunday, September 22, at 4:44 p.m., the Autumnal Equinox for 2013 – though many consider Labor Day to be the unofficial gateway to autumn. In many areas it already feels like fall, and in some, it has felt like fall for much of the summer.

You’ve already read our long-range outlook for the coming winter (right?), but what about the coming season? Will fall be furious or fabulous? Here’s what we think.

Cool, dry conditions should take hold during the opening days of fall, followed by a spell of biting cold and some unsettled weather in November and December.

Most regions should see some extremely pleasant days, punctuated by rain, through much of September and October. Halloween will be unseasonably cold this year for the Eastern states and provinces – so dress those little ghouls and goblins up in something warm. Farther west, we expect some light snow over the Rockies, and east into Texas, with rainy conditions in the Northwest, for Halloween.

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As you may have seen in our hurricane season forecast, a very late-season tropical cyclone may adversely influence the weather around Florida and the Bahamas during mid-November. Around that time, the entire East Coast will see stormy conditions, and even some snow in the Mid Atlantic region.

Thanksgiving could coincide with a wintry storm moving across the Central and Eastern States, including up to six inches of snow for the Great Lakes region. Elsewhere, the holiday weekend will be blustery and cold.

As fall begins to blur into winter, we are red flagging December 16—19 as dates for major weather disturbances which could deliver widespread wintry precipitation.

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1 Quincy { 10.23.13 at 9:51 pm }

Will it snow in Atlanta Georgia this year

2 jaddco { 10.02.13 at 6:51 pm }

What will hunting season in sc be like? Oct – jan.

3 Dennis Bales { 09.25.13 at 5:37 pm }

I have made many long range weather forecast for The Southeastern United States over the past forty (40) years and I have not missed hitting the nail on the head and my prediction will be right on again this year pertaining to the weather, it is as follows: We are definitely going to get some!!! €:-)

4 rickam { 09.22.13 at 10:43 am }

How about the central hill country of Texas. November and December months. What kinds of temps and precip can we expect?

5 Rhonda { 09.15.13 at 9:59 am }

West Va. has been so hot and humid in the summer months-it is not at all like it used to be 20-50 years ago-now you cannot live without and a/c.
Today is finally like a normal temperature-but the last week was miserable.

6 Jackie { 09.11.13 at 5:28 pm }

Coukd you please tell me how long the bad weather could last for New Jersey?

7 eastern plains { 09.11.13 at 1:54 pm }

Could you give some sort for cat for fall and up through December as far add temps and moisture what we could see

8 John { 09.11.13 at 10:49 am }

Hi Caleb, Since West Virginia is listed as a north east state on the forecast map, and is the southern most state in this region, we are actually a more mid-Atlantic state, so could you please predict this coming winter’s forecast in any more detail. We are effected by the lake effect snow off of Lake Erie in Ohio and also influenced by some southern weather patterns, such as ice storms in southern Virginia and the Carolinas. We would appreciate any predication…Thanks!

9 donnakkk { 09.11.13 at 10:01 am }

I agree with you W. Stewart. In my area we are dealing with the Rim Fire and the smoke. On September 15, 1982 I was reading the local valley paper and the tomato farmers were complaing about all the rain and how their crops were molding from all the rain we had so far for the month if September. What I wouldn’t give for that rain today. Every year it seems hotter and we make due with less moisture. One could almost plan an outdoor function any day of the year where I live. Hot and dry or cold and dry is the norm anymore:(

10 Keith Ventimiglia { 09.10.13 at 12:32 pm }

Looking for cold air and snow for the holiday season coming soon in Eastpointe Michigan.

11 Jaime McLeod { 09.10.13 at 3:49 pm }

Everyone asking for a more specific forecast for their regions can go to our Long Range Forecast here:

12 Tina { 09.10.13 at 11:57 am }

Can you please give more specific fall and winter predictions for North Louisiana?? We had a milder than normal August, but right now September is HOT! It currently feels like a normal August. Thanks bunches! : )

13 bass78 { 09.10.13 at 9:41 am }

I hope that the winter forecast is correct this year ! I would love to have a cold and wet winter here in Louisiana. The forecast for September so far has been inaccurate so far so I hope October, November, and December is right.

14 W. Stewart { 09.09.13 at 5:27 pm }

Living in southern California we never really get any truly cold weather during the fall. I hope these predictions prove out for us and Halloween will actually be chilly like I remember it as a kid living here. For the last several years its been hot enough to sweat on Halloween night. Not very enchanting at all.

15 Kurt Frohling { 09.09.13 at 4:55 pm }

Hi Caleb. A respectfully submitted request: Could you provide more detailed forecasts for California &/or the Pacific West? It seems most national forecasting overlooks this area. Thank you!

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