Ready for autumn? Here is a peek into the fall 2013 weather forecast from The Old Farmer's Almanac.
(A note: This forecast mainly focuses on September and October from the 2013 edition. Keep in mind that these forecasts were created almost 2 years ago—although they are still looking quite good! To get your forecast for November 2013 through October 2014, pick up a copy of The 2014 Old Farmer's Almanac.)
Fall 2013 Forecast for the U.S.
For most of the nation, it appears that a pleasant fall season is in store with warmer-than-normal temperatures, especially in the Northeast and the Desert Southwest.
However, expect cooler-than-normal temperatures across the southeast and Deep South. A cooler fall is also expected in the western third of the nation—with possibility of an earlier-than-usual frost/freeze and some snow showers.
For the majority of the country, November will turn unseasonably cold as we move into a full-throttle winter. Be prepared to wear a warm and fuzzy Halloween costume and settle in for a big feast on Thanksgiving.
Rainfall will be near normal or below normal across most of the U.S. However, expect more precipitation inland from the Pacific Northwest, in pockets of the Midwest and Rockies, and parts of Florida and the Gulf Coast.
Conversely, there will be prolonged dry periods in the West and Texas. Read Evelyn’s post about drought predictions.
In terms of hurricanes, an above-average season is still in the cards. Expect hurricane threats in mid-October in Florida and the Southeast. See our hurricane forecast page.
Fall 2013 Forecast for Canada
Most of Canada will enjoy a nice, warm autumn, with above normal temperatures across most of the country.
(The only exception is Southern British Columbia which will be slighty cooler than normal.)
The country should be fairly dry, too. Precipitation in September and October will generally be below normal. Only the area British Columbia near the coast should have a rainy fall.
In November, however, the Atlantic Corridor with face more rain and wet snow than is average and southern Quebec will face above-normal precipitation with heavy snow towards the end of the month.
There is also be a tropical storm threat in mid-October, when Atlantic Canada should brace for an onslaught of storms and other areas to the west may have thunderstorm threats and chances of showers.
As Canada heads into winter, it goes topsy-turvy, with the eastern half enjoying above-normal winter temperatures, on average, while temperatures in most of the West will be below normal. See the 2014 Canadian edition to get the forecast for your region.
More About Fall
Notice the light shifting, temperatures dropping, and other signs that the seasons are slowly changing?
The autumnal equinox brings fall at 4:44 P.M. on September 22 this year all across the Northern Hemisphere. See our autumnal equinox page to learn more about this phenomenon that we call fall!
One of the many joys of fall in our area is the trees starting to show their true colors. Read why autumn leaves change color.
We wish all of our Almanac readers the joys of the autumn season!
–The Old Farmer's Almanac