CLEVELAND - A dry summer gave way to a wet autumn across northern Ohio this year.
Those are the findings following a review of National Weather Service seasonal data by Channel 3 Weather. Climatologists consider meteorological Fall as running from September 1st through November 30th.
For the first time this year, the Greater Cleveland area had a seasonal average that was cooler than normal by 2.2 degrees for the three month period. The weather service said the daily mean average for autumn this year was 52.0 degrees.
Cleveland saw a wide range of temperatures from a steamy 90 degrees on September 3rd to a frigid morning low of 23 degrees November 27th.
Skies were also quite cloudy during the period. Cleveland only saw 14 "fair weather" days with more sunshine than clouds, compared to 34 "partly cloudy" days and 43 "cloudy" days.
After drought conditions persisted all summer, the area quickly picked up an amazing 18.72" of rain, at least half of which came from the remnants of Hurricane Sandy at the end of October.
This year's rainfall in Cleveland almost mirrored last year's heavy rain totals for autumn that fell during the all time wettest year on record in 2011.
However, snowfall has been limited so far this year with only .3" of the white stuff falling at Hopkins International when the first measurable snow occurred on November 25th.