First full day of fall brings rain, cooler temperatures

Wet weather to continue over next few days

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 23, 2013 

Technically fall began Sunday, but Monday marked the first full day of the season.

This summer was one of the mildest on record with the hottest day of the year hitting 96 degrees. There were just four days when the thermometer reached 95 degrees this summer. Most of the days reached the upper 80s, said Bob Jeswald, chief meteorologist for WRBL.

This summer was the wettest summer on record, which kept the temperatures down.

Saturday's rainfall was the first measurable rainfall in 20 days, which makes September a little below average for the month. But for the year, rain totals are "well above average," Jeswald said.

Last summer was the hottest on record.

Jeswald predicted the Chattahoochee Valley would see a few "little rain showers" Monday with "a better chance of rain Tuesday through Wednesday morning."

After that, expect a dry trend.

"I see more cold fronts coming in from Canada," he predicted. "I think we will have a very nice fall."

Ryan Willis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the Climate Prediction Center is predicting "a pretty typical fall as far as temperatures go." That goes for precipitation as well, he said.

As for temperatures this winter, he agreed with Jeswald. He also said the prediction is for a lower chance of precipitation this winter.

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