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So long, September -- the warmest on record in Minnesota

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Before September's final numbers are even tallied, it's clear that this one will go down as the warmest on record in Minnesota.

State Climatologist Pete Boulay tells the Duluth News Tribune the average statewide temperature for the month will come in over 64 degrees, breaking the record of 63 that has stood since 1897 (records date back as far as 1895, Boulay tells the newspaper).

Looking back warmly on September might help the Northland face another cold morning – the third straight that includes a frost advisory in northeastern Minnesota.

But, of course, it is getting to be that time of year. And that time of year is arriving later than it used to.

Boulay tells the News Tribune that 30-year averages show September 30 is the new normal for the first frost in the northeast. That's a week later than a decade ago, he says.

Mother Nature has made it hard for Minnesotans to complain about the weather lately. The summer of 2015 set a new standard for beautiful weather in the state.

The summer weather also contributed to forecasts for gorgeous fall colors, although in much of the state the trees are changing later than usual because of the warmth that lasted through September.

Ah, remember September? Seems like only yesterday....

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