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The End of Meteorological Fall

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Somehow my last blog post on Meteorological Fall was deleted, so we'll try this again...

Yesterday, November 30th is always a special day in meteorology. It marks the end of the Atlantic Basin hurricane season. In addition, it is also the last day of Meteorological Fall. Its sounds confusing to have a completely different "season" that differs from what we all grew up learning, but there's a very good reason for it. Meteorologists use a set number of days in each season in order to keep concise and accurate records. "Astrological seasons" the ones we learned growing up start and end at different times of the day and days of the year. This varies from year to year. This would make accurate records impossible. 

Now...let's crank out the numbers on the 2017 meteorological fall. The season started on the 1st of September and concluded yesterday, the last of November. In summary, it was a wetter and warmer than average season. Significant feats accomplished in the short, three-month span included achieving the 19th wettest fall on record, the 29th warmest fall on record, and the 19th wettest day in Lexington history. Despite being wetter than average, Lexington also saw it's 16th longest dry stretch lasting 17 days from late September to early October. 

**Image Correction** - Mean temperature for the 2017 Meteorological Fall ended at 58.5F (Still the 29th warmest)

**Image Correction** - Total rainfall ended at 11.86" (Still the 19th wettest)

Monthly stats were interesting as well.

Starting with September, the overall mean temperature of 68.4 degrees put the month around average compared to all previous Septembers. The warmest temperature of 89 was accomplished three times that month and the coldest temperature of 47 was recorded twice. On of those 47s (the morning of 9-7) was a record low temperature. 2.04" of the months 3.74" fell on the first day of the month. 

October was another wetter than average month recording an impressive 5.77" of rain which was more than 2.50" above the average for the month. What's even more impressive is that 3.73" of the month's rainfall fell in one day (10-8). That also goes down as the 6th rainiest fall day and the 19th rainiest all-time day in Lexington history!

**Image Correction** - The 3.73" fell on 10-8 (not 9-1)

November broke a six month streak of rainfall exceeding the monthly average. 

**Image Correction** - Total November rainfall ended at 2.35" (Still below average)

The wetter than average months stretching from April to October helped keep Kentucky out of a drought. Last year at the start of December the entire state was abnormally dry. 98.5% was in drought, including the Bluegrass and nearly 25 percent of the state was in an extreme drought which included most southern and eastern counties. 

Due to the above average rainfall, the entire state is 100% drought-free!

Here's to hoping we get a wet winter too!

-Meteorologist Seth Phillips

**Why so many image corrections? Images were created on 11-30 before temperature and rainfall information was released for that day. 

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