April 23, 2014

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Bye-bye balmy; cooler fall weather arriving

ELYRIA — While the calendar reads Oct. 10, summer hijacked the season for so long, that no one thought cooler temperatures would ever arrive.

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A group of hikers enjoys the turning leaves and sunny weather.

Yet, as we all awoke this morning, the forecasters say the air is expected to hold a cool crispness that finally carries a hint of autumn.

And the cool weather is expected to stay for a while.

“At least for the next couple of weeks, the cooler weather will be in charge,” said Dennis Bray, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland. “That’s because a pocket of cold air moved across the region Tuesday and brought with it more seasonable temperatures.”

This means that the weather is switching from summer to fall basically overnight, Bray said.

“We are going from 15 to 20 degrees above normal to 5 degrees below normal in a matter of 48 hours,” he said. “Today, the forecast will not be as warm or humid as in recent days.”

“It will feel like a true fall weather pattern,” Bray said. “Temperatures will not get out of the mid-50s to low 60s as highs for the rest of the week.”

The extended warm weather enabled farmers to continue harvesting their corn and soybean crops, so you won’t hear any complaints from them.

Field crop harvesting is about 10 days ahead of schedule, said Mike Miller, an educator with the Ohio State University Extension Office.

“Farmers lucked out a little bit this year,” he said.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 653-6268 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.