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Our Shifting Seasons: Peoria Fall Recap

A summary of how meteorological Fall in Peoria stands up against recent seasonal trends.
Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 1:46 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - Astronomical Fall doesn’t end for a few weeks, but for climate and statistical purposes, meteorological fall is referred to as September, October, and November. Keeping with the recent 50 year trend, this Fall was warmer than normal, which resulted in the delay of leaves changing color and falling to the ground.

Do you remember September? The month finished as the 13th driest and 10th warmest on record in the River City, with just over an inch of rainfall.

September 2021 can be summarized by two words: Dry and Warm.
September 2021 can be summarized by two words: Dry and Warm.(WEEK)

The skies opened up in a big way during the month of October, with over a whopping 9 and a half inches if rainfall, placing October as the 2nd wettest on record. The month also finished as the fifth warmest.

October 2021 finished very wet and warm in Peoria.
October 2021 finished very wet and warm in Peoria.(WEEK)

Drier weather was observed during November, with just over a half inch of total rainfall. Temperatures trended closer to average.

November 2021 finished 2" below average in terms of the monthly rainfall total.
November 2021 finished 2" below average in terms of the monthly rainfall total.(WEEK)

All of that said, the final numbers reflect a wetter and warmer than normal Fall, consistent with recent trends.

Seasonal Recap of Meteorological Fall.
Seasonal Recap of Meteorological Fall.(WEEK)

Looking ahead, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting near normal temperatures, along with near normal precipitation for the month of December.

For reference, the normal high temperature for the start of December is in the mid 40s, and then falls to the mid 30s by the end of the month. Plus, the River City sees around 6″ of snow on average throughout December.

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