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Old 09-24-2019, 06:44 AM
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I feel that temperate 4 season climates have fall in mostly 3 broad categories. Now, you can think of these as "early, mid and late fall" but because climates differ, and even the same season can be different year to year, I've thought of these specific terms.


Green Stage: The beginning. Everything still looks like summer for the most part. There's still flowers, the grass and leaves are still green. Sunflowers are at their most abundant. There's a coming chill at night but the day is still warm, though not as frequently hot as in summer (in a normal year). The first signs of the leaves changing come, but it's spotty. This is generally the ideal time for most state/county fairs. Thunderstorms and rain showers are fairly common.


Gold Stage: The peak. The most idyllic part. Shorter in some areas, longer in others. The fall weather has settled in. Temps most likely will be between low 40s to mid 60s. Less thunderstorms, some showers and gloomy days but a lot of dry, blue sky days. This is when the leaves are peaking. Red, yellow, gold, purple, orange, all the colours. Apples are ripe as are pumpkins. Mine (and most people's) favourite parts of fall. A lot of leaves everywhere. In colder climates, frost may start in this period. Snow flurries may fall but it's fleeting. In warmer, milder climates, frost is still a bit aways.



Brown Stage: After the peak. The beginning of this stage will still have leaves but soon after it's just sticks. The grass, depending on climate and weather, will turn yellow or brown. It often gets greyer, damper, foggier. The rain is more drizzly. Snow flurries become an expected occurrence in colder areas. The first accumulating snow is likely to come here, but not last long. The phrase "winter is coming" comes to mind. For warmer climates, this is basically how winter is.



and a fourth bonus stage: White Stage: Any part of meteorological fall when long lasting snowpack and consistent freezing temps has settled in. Many places don't have a "white stage" but colder climates do. However, if it's a warmer autumn, they may not have a "white stage" at all.





What do you think of these classifications? When do you experience them where you live and what weather do you personally associate with 'em?


Up here, the green stage lasts from September 1st through maybe the first week or so of October. The gold stage from about mid October through late October, maybe right before Halloween, and the brown stage from late October through November. If we get a white stage, it'll be the week of or after Thanksgiving, most likely.
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Old 09-24-2019, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Burton-upon-Trent, England
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I would view the autumn season a bit like that also. In central England, I would say it goes something like this:

Green Stage: Mid-Sep to around early Oct
The trees are mainly green with a few changes here and there, it's mild usually but can be chilly and wet at times (although it can be like that in July here tbh ) but there's still a chance for warm, sunny weather. Temps usually around 15 - 20C (59 - 68F). Nights can be chilly.

Gold Stage: Mid-Oct to early Nov
The trees are in the peak autumn colour (look best around Halloween i'd say). It's normally chilly and mostly cloudy by now. Frost may occur in colder autumns but not always, sometimes not until November. Warm, sunny days are unlikely by this stage. Temps around 10 to 15C (50 - 59F).

Brown Stage: around the 2nd week of Nov until early Dec
The trees lose their leaves gradually and the weather becomes duller, darker and colder. It rains a lot at this time of year and it's almost always chilly. Frost occurs some mornings and in some years you might get the occasional light snowfall. Temps around 7 - 13C (45 - 55F) normally but it can vary.

We do not have a White Stage here as the climate is oceanic and not as extreme as Minnesota. The winter is usually like late autumn but just colder with sporadic snowfalls. From Dec to Mar it's usually cold and wet, around 0 - 10C (32 - 50F) but it can occasionally be milder or colder.
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Old 09-25-2019, 04:12 AM
 
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Only green for FL.
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Old 09-25-2019, 05:12 AM
 
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Green Stage: The beginning. Everything still looks like summer for the most part. There's still flowers, the grass and leaves are still green. There's a coming chill at night but the day is still warm, though not as frequently hot as in summer (in a normal year). The first signs of the leaves changing come, but it's spotty.

Gold Stage: The peak. The fall weather has settled in. Temps most likely will be between low 40s to mid 60s. Less thunderstorms, some showers and gloomy days but a lot of dry, blue sky days. This is when the leaves are peaking. Red, yellow, gold, purple, orange, all the colours. Apples are ripe as are pumpkins. Mine (and most people's) favourite parts of fall. A lot of leaves everywhere. In colder climates, frost may start in this period.

Brown Stage: After the peak.

White Stage: Any part of meteorological fall when long lasting snowpack and consistent freezing temps has settled in. Many places don't have a "white stage" but colder climates do. However, if it's a warmer autumn, they may not have a "white stage" at all. .

Love your Gold stage entire description. Just such a nice feeling! I love Autumn!


For here.. depending on weather patterns...in general...

Green Stage: September 1-30
Gold Stage: Oct 15-30
Brown Stage: November 10 - December 1
White Stage: After December 15 but in recent 7 yrs its been after Feb 1st.

And yes, full colors really only last 2 weeks here. Peak comes and goes so fast ESPECIALLY if there is a NorEaster or wind/rain event.
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Old 09-25-2019, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Norman, OK
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I feel that temperate 4 season climates have fall in mostly 3 broad categories. Now, you can think of these as "early, mid and late fall" but because climates differ, and even the same season can be different year to year, I've thought of these specific terms.


Green Stage: The beginning. Everything still looks like summer for the most part. There's still flowers, the grass and leaves are still green. Sunflowers are at their most abundant. There's a coming chill at night but the day is still warm, though not as frequently hot as in summer (in a normal year). The first signs of the leaves changing come, but it's spotty. This is generally the ideal time for most state/county fairs. Thunderstorms and rain showers are fairly common.


Gold Stage: The peak. The most idyllic part. Shorter in some areas, longer in others. The fall weather has settled in. Temps most likely will be between low 40s to mid 60s. Less thunderstorms, some showers and gloomy days but a lot of dry, blue sky days. This is when the leaves are peaking. Red, yellow, gold, purple, orange, all the colours. Apples are ripe as are pumpkins. Mine (and most people's) favourite parts of fall. A lot of leaves everywhere. In colder climates, frost may start in this period. Snow flurries may fall but it's fleeting. In warmer, milder climates, frost is still a bit aways.



Brown Stage: After the peak. The beginning of this stage will still have leaves but soon after it's just sticks. The grass, depending on climate and weather, will turn yellow or brown. It often gets greyer, damper, foggier. The rain is more drizzly. Snow flurries become an expected occurrence in colder areas. The first accumulating snow is likely to come here, but not last long. The phrase "winter is coming" comes to mind. For warmer climates, this is basically how winter is.



and a fourth bonus stage: White Stage: Any part of meteorological fall when long lasting snowpack and consistent freezing temps has settled in. Many places don't have a "white stage" but colder climates do. However, if it's a warmer autumn, they may not have a "white stage" at all.





What do you think of these classifications? When do you experience them where you live and what weather do you personally associate with 'em?


Up here, the green stage lasts from September 1st through maybe the first week or so of October. The gold stage from about mid October through late October, maybe right before Halloween, and the brown stage from late October through November. If we get a white stage, it'll be the week of or after Thanksgiving, most likely.
The first half of September is most definitely summer in Oklahoma.

Green stage: Sept 16-Oct 20 in rural, Sept 16-Oct 31 in city
Gold stage: Oct 21-Nov 5 in rural, Nov 1-20 in city
Brown stage: Nov 6 on in rural, Nov 21 on in city

We don't have a white stage in Oklahoma. Also, the gold stage is a lot warmer than you describe here. Frost is possible, but the average high is around 70F.
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Old 09-25-2019, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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Apprehension - September
Anxiety - October
Despair - November
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Old 09-25-2019, 11:29 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Green stage: September 1-November 15th

Gold Stage: November 15th-December 10th

Brown stage: After December 10th
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Old 09-25-2019, 07:06 PM
 
Location: White House, TN
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Green stage: Sept. 1 - Oct. 10
Gold stage: Oct. 10 - Nov. 10
Brown stage: Nov. 10 - Nov. 30
White stage: Snow is rare in fall

This year, the plant life is being tortured by a prolonged drought so some trees are already dropping their leaves.
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Old 09-26-2019, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Katy, Texas
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Houston, TX

Waiting for the first real cold front (nights in the 60s): early Oct

First cool day (highs in 60s to mid 70s, nights in the 50s) with noticeably dry air; the summer/tropical garden is slowing down: late Oct

First frost/first night in the 30s; things that do change color start changing color: mid-late Nov

First extended period of cold (several consecutive nights of lows in the 30s); death or dormancy (some plants will overwinter in mild years) for warm season crops like tomatoes and peppers: mid-late Dec

Then a month or so of "winter". By February some trees are already leafing out and its time to plant tomatoes if you want a decent harvest before the summer heat sets in.

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Old 09-26-2019, 05:51 AM
 
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Denial: Those aren't colors I see on those leaves.

Bargaining: Come on, just one more good warm weekend!

Acceptance: The leaves are gone, winter is coming.
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