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A warm and wet September leads to a month of slow change

While some chilly mornings and cool afternoons are in the forecast, this seasonal shift will continue to slowly march on.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — September did not set any weather records and will not end up on any top ten list weather-wise but will be known as a warm and wet one for the month. 

Our average temperature for the month was over three degrees above average, 66.5 degrees to be exact. Twenty five days of the month had highs in the 70s and 80s. Only three years since 1938 have had more days above 70 degrees for a highs in the month of September.

September was also a wet month with 5.28 inches of rain which is 1.32 inches above normal. This September's total was also 3.6 inches more than what fell last September.

Now, as we enter October, get ready for a month of change. But with this warmer trend we've experienced over the past few months, it could be a slower, more gradual change in all. But nevertheless, it's going to happen. 

average high temperature on October 1 is 66 degrees, while the average high on October 31 is 54 degrees. The average low is 10 degrees cooler at the end of the month compared to the beginning. The average low on Halloween is 39 degrees. 

October can also be a wet month as Buffalo averages 4 inches of rain. Snow is also possible, but measurable snow not likely. The average first flakes of snow can be expected by October 24. However, since 1943, only 14 years have had measurable snow in the month. Of course, the notable exception was 15 years ago when 22.6 inches fell in during October during the "October Surprise Snow Storm."