September normal for weather

MARIETTA – September’s weather was dry but otherwise fairly normal, which may help produce some colorful foliage this fall.

“Six out of the last 10 Septembers have been pretty dry. In 2007 we had less than an inch of rain all month,” said Marietta weather watcher Charlie Worsham.

Last month’s precipitation wasn’t much higher. Worsham reported the actual rainfall was 1.24 inches, compared to the normal 3.17 inches of rain.

He said September and October are usually the driest months each year.

“October’s normal high temp is 67, and the low 44, with 2.9 inches of rain,” Worsham said, adding that the last really wet September was in 2004 when massive flooding occurred locally.

“We had 8.61 inches of rain in September that year,” he said.

Although there were a couple of warmer days last month with highs reaching into the 90s on Sept. 10 and 11, the average high temperature for the entire month was just below the normal of 78.

“Temperatures were near normal,” Worsham said. “The average high was 76.5, and the average low was 54.8.”

Casey Burdick, fall color forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said September’s sunny days and cooler nights should translate into a fall color season that’s just about on time for the Buckeye State.

“There’s some local color change and leaf fall going on now, but that’s just due to residual stress on some trees,” she said. “But we had more rain than normal through the spring and summer which has helped many of the trees to recover after a dry fall last year. So we’re expecting peak colors in the southern area of the state around the third or fourth week of October.”

Burdick said the colors of leaves in Ohio’s more northern parts will likely peak by the end of the second week of October.

She said anyone interested in following the leaf color change across the state can find weekly reports and updated video online at fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov.