VAN WERT – National Weather Service officials in Syracuse, Indiana, said recently that weather between the dates of Sept. 1 and Nov. 3 seemed like two seasons but definitely not fall.

Weather service officials said that the first half of the period was extremely warm, reaching summer-like temperatures at times, while the last part of the season seemly dropped sharply into a winter countenance.

The period from Sept. 1 through Oct.15 ranked as the second warmest fall on record, with an average temperature of 66.7 degrees. However, Oct. 16 through Nov. 30 ranked as the 12th coldest with an average temperature of 40.1 degrees. In the end, the average monthly temperature for the 2018 fall season was 53.2 degrees, which was 0.4 degrees above normal.

The overall precipitation for the season was 8.97 inches, 0.24 inches above normal, the 38th wettest fall on record. Snowfall so far for the season has been 2.1 inches, which matches the normal.

Weather officials said that September harbored at least five days of over 90 degree weather and the lowest temperature at any time of the month was 44 degrees. In spite of the warm temperatures, there was only a small amount of severe weather, mainly a minor outbreak of severe weather north and west of Fort Wayne.

National Weather Service officials noted that the warm weather trend of September carried into early October, but then quickly dropped to below normal temperatures with even one day of rain and snow mixed. Despite the chilly temperatures the last part of October, the first 10 days of the month were so warm that the monthly average temperature ended up slightly above normal.

Weather officials noted that the first 10 days of October ranked among the warmest opening part of the month on record, with the temperature reaching 88 degrees on two occasions. On Oct. 10, the weather abruptly changed, kicking off 18 straight days for the remainder of the month that turned out to be 10th coldest on record for that period.

During that period, said weather officials, a strong and cold weather system brought the first wet snowflakes of the season to the region the 20th. While it did not officially snow at the Fort Wayne Airport, a mix of showers and thunderstorms mixed with wet snow and small hail did occur just to the north and west of the city.

In addition, the cold spell brought on the first frost of the season with five days of freezing temperatures and the coldest temperature of the month, 29 degrees, occurring on the 18th and 25th.

Winter weather really hit in November, with the average monthly temperature of 36.9 degrees, 4.5 degrees below normal. In the end, this ranked as the 21st coldest November on record.

Precipitation for November was 3.86 inches, .77 inches above normal, with the heaviest one-day rainfall measured at 1.63 inches. Weather service officials noted that the cold temperatures and above normal precipitation combined to bring slightly above normal snowfall. It was the snowiest November since 2015 when 4.2 inches was measured. A trace or more of snow fell on 12 days with the greatest single day amount measuring 1.1 inches on the ninth.

Weather officials have predicted that the current 14-day weather forecast through Dec. 16 in the Midwest is calling for slightly above normal temperatures and slightly above normal precipitation.