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View Poll Results: Of the three major definitions of a season, which do you consider to be "valid"?
Astronomical (Solar) 7 28.00%
Meteorological 15 60.00%
"Official" (invented by Romans, appears on calendars) 7 28.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 25. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-04-2019, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Norman, OK
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To me, my choice of activities is based on the weather. I internally "feel" that "summer" is however long the weather is more often than not in the 80's and above each week. Which, in NC, is 8 months out of the year.
I grew up in NC, and I feel like summer weather there only happens for about 4.5 months, from mid-May to the end of September. This year's October heat wave is highly unusual for the region.
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Old 10-04-2019, 02:05 PM
 
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I grew up in NC, and I feel like summer weather there only happens for about 4.5 months, from mid-May to the end of September. This year's October heat wave is highly unusual for the region.
I remember 55+ degree Christmases, a few days in November when my car displayed 100 F outside.

The near-consistent 80 degree highs started in late March and show no signs of stopping.
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Old 10-04-2019, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Seasons? Year round average here is between 60 and 80.
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Old 10-04-2019, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Putnam County, TN
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Seasons? Year round average here is between 60 and 80.
You're right. Coastal CA is always spring-like; it only has a wet season in the low-sun part of the year and dry in the high-sun.
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Old 10-04-2019, 07:28 PM
 
Location: New York Area
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You're right. Coastal CA is always spring-like; it only has a wet season in the low-sun part of the year and dry in the high-sun.
Isn't the hot season September-October?
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Old 10-04-2019, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Putnam County, TN
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Isn't the hot season September-October?
It is, but it's low-sun and high-sun that matters when defining monsoon and mediterranean climates.
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Old 10-05-2019, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Burton-upon-Trent, England
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I use the official seasons as they tend to work quite well here but because of the oceanic climate, temperatures and weather can vary quite a bit in summer in England. Summer weather can begin as early as late May but some years can have cold Junes like this year, mid June had vile, cold, rainy weather. I'd say normally mid-June, is when the warmth starts long term. 20C temps are normal highs from mid June to around mid-September, but can occur in April or October sometimes. July normally has the best weather. This year on July 25 the UK had a record of 38.7C (101.3F) in Cambridge.
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Old 10-05-2019, 05:58 PM
 
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Your climate appears to be similar to ours.
Yeah I'm in SE Michigan so we are quite close.

We don't have much of a spring here at all it feels like. It's definitely the season you will feel the least. It will often be winter well into April, like just last year in 2018 and then it only really feels spring-esque the first few weeks of May but by that time full on summer is already here before you know it. April is a weird month with highs varying the most out of any other month, 33 & snowy one day then shoots up to 70 then back to 50s/60s/40s etc. It doesn't feel like spring as much as somebody having a bipolar manic expressive attack lolol.

It didn't even felt like it transitioned that much, just straight up winter to summer lol. I think that's how I created my spring name lol.

Fall is short too but at least in October it's pretty pure fall like and you can enjoy the colors for awhile and it's more noticeable than spring. Also spring is rainy often and the rain kind of just masks the temp so you just kinda feel the rain and its like 'am I cool or warm? I don't even know...' Spring is like winter-lite around here, basically.
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Old 10-05-2019, 11:43 PM
 
Location: White House, TN
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Here's an easy way to determine what definition works best for your area:

Compare the average temperatures on the solstices/equinoxes vs. Mar. 1/June 1/Sept. 1/Dec. 1.

For instance, my climate (NOAA is down, so I'll use weather.com)

Dec. 21 vs. Mar. 21: avg. 40 F vs. 52 F (49/31 vs. 63/40)
Dec. 1 vs Mar. 1: avg. 45 F vs. 46 F (54/35 vs. 56/35)

June 20 vs. Sept. 23: avg. 77 F vs. 69 F (87/67 vs. 80/58)
June 1 vs. Sept. 1: avg. 72 F vs. 77 F (82/62 vs. 87/66)

Celsius version in the spoiler tags.
Spoiler

Dec. 21 vs Mar. 21: avg. 4 C vs. 11 C (9/-1 vs. 17/4)
Dec. 1 vs Mar. 1: avg. 7 C vs. 8 C (12/2 vs. 13/2)

June 20 vs. Sept. 23: avg. 25 C vs. 21 C (31/19 vs. 27/14)
June 1 vs Sept. 1: avg. 22 C vs. 25 C (28/16 vs. 31/19)
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Old Yesterday, 04:19 AM
 
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Regardless of the amount of snow on the ground, it's not really winter if it's warmer than -15'F (-25 'C).
Windchill helps a lot, but the proper winter bite doesn't happen earlier than that.




Summer is much easier to define, as once it gets to 59'F (15 'C), it's undisputably summer, though I wish the summer temps didn't get above that...
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